Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday said that Team India’s skipper Virat Kohli as the best player in the world at the moment. However, he made it clear that he chose Kohli ahead of Australia Steven Smith because he is banned from international cricket at the moment.
“Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there,” cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying in response to a question at Channel Seven’s cricket season launch who is the number one batter in the world.
“(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I’d have him as the number one player in the world. That’s how high in regard I hold Steve Smith – what he’s done the last three or four years with his game and (he’s been) able to lead an Australian team to so many wins the way he has (batted),” he said.
Ponting believes Smith’s golden Ashes summer made him the best player in the world. Smith made 687 runs and three centuries at an average of 137.40 in Ashes.
“The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you’re ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in an Ashes series, and to do it on the first day of an Ashes series when it counts the most, says a lot about him,” said Ponting.