Sourav Ganguly, former India captain said on Monday that he did not want to compare Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. He further added that Kohli is still the best in the world but Smith belongs to another level and his records speak for himself.
Australia have retained the Ashes on the back of Steve Smith who amassed more than 750 runs in the Ashes, including a double century and twin tons. Smith, however, retained his number 1 position in the ICC Test Player Rankings and Kohli is sitting next to him. His scores of 80 and 23 have helped him to be ahead of Kohli with 937 rating points.
“These are questions not to be answered. How does it matter? It’s about performance. Virat is the best in the world at the moment. So that’s what makes us happy,” Ganguly said the reporters.
While he was asked about Smith, he said: “His records speak for itself… 26 Test hundreds which is a phenomenal record.”
Ganguly once again shared his desire of becoming the next India coach.
“Let one coach finish, then we will think about the other coach,” said the 47-year old with a smile on his face. In any case I am already a coach. I look after the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. In my first season last year, they did well. They went to the semifinals from being last for last seven years so it’s been good,” he added.
Ravi Shastri, on the other hand, was re-appointed as the India head coach for the next two years and his tenure will continue till 2021 World Cup. Ganguly, however, is currently the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and also associated with IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as the Team Advisor.
However, he didn’t want to comment on MS Dhoni‘s future, saying the selectors and Virat Kohli are important persons and let them make the decision. Along with this, he said India are favourite in the upcoming series.
“India are favourites. India at home is a dangerous team. They are very hard to beat and that’s been the case for years,” he concluded.