One of the biggest debates in modern cricket is choosing the best hitters of the current generation from a very talented collection of cricket. Based on their initial appearance and rise at the beginning of the last decade, Virat Kohli from India, Steve Smith from Australia, Joe Root from England and Kane Williamson from New Zealand formed this elite group that made everyone happy.
While Kohli solidified his place as the best in the white ball cricket business thanks to hard work and consistency, Smith emerged as the package leader in Test cricket by gathering mountains of running. Root and Williamson continue to be impressed by their class and quality but Kohli and Smith have made headlines.
In the second half of this decade, after Kohli took over as Indian captain in Test cricket and then in white ball cricket, his performance with bats in the Test match increased exponentially. He conquered his demons in England and established himself as a quality batsman in various formats.
But after the Test series lost in New Zealand at the beginning of the year, where Kohli failed to shoot, there was some more chat about his ability to bat in difficult conditions. Former New Zealand captain and great hitter Glenn Turner said he supported captain Kiwi Williamson over Kohli when he had to hit a challenging surface. Turner explained that Kohli grew up in a field that was not sewn very often, while that was the opposite of Williamson.
“Significant differences between gifted batsmen are produced by the conditions of play they grew up with, along with their personalities,” the 73-year-old Turner told The Telegraph of Dunedin according to a report in Indian Telegraph.
“Kohli was less likely to be exposed early in his development to seaming pitch and the ball continued to swing for a long time, whereas Williamson would experience the condition more often.
“Kohli’s greater exposure to alternating pitches will make him more accustomed to playing spin better. The unfavorable conditions for swings and seams will also give him more opportunities to become aggressively dominating the type of bowling.
“In addition, Kohli’s personality seems more aggressive and confrontational than Williamson, but that does not leave one party with less determination to succeed. Their main motivation for success is the opposite, but what?
“I would only say that under harder conditions, I would support Williamson in front of Kohli. “In good hit conditions, Kohli will likely be more dominant, giving his team more time to get good results,” Turner explained.
Turner is one of the few batsmen in the 70s and 80s who succeeded in the Cricket Test as well as one-day international players. Turner has a great record in both formats as the opening batsman.
He scored 2,891 runs in 41 tests at an average of 44.64. He also scored 1598 runs in 41 ODI at an amazing average of 47. He has 10 centuries internationally to his name on Tests and ODI. He was also the highest scorer in the inaugural edition of the World Cup in 1975.
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