New Delhi, May 6: Australia opener David Warner has said that Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are like 'chalk and cheese' but they have similar impact on their teams and the 'mental capacity' to accumulate runs. India captain Kohli and top Australian batsman Smith are arguably the top two cricketers of the present era.
They achieve new milestones consistently, invoking debates, who is better between them. When asked to weigh in on where he stands on who the better batsman is between Kohli and Smith, Warner said Kohli dominates oppositions and scores at a rapid rate while Smith is more intent on having fun in the middle. "Virat's passion and drive to score runs is different to what Steve's would be," Warner said while speaking to Harsha Bhogle on 'Cricbuzz in Conversation' on Wednesday. Warner pointed out certain similarities and a few differences, saying Kohli dominates oppositions and scores at a rapid rate while Smith is more intent on having fun in the middle. "Steve is going out there for a hit in the middle, that's how he sees things.
He's hitting them out in the middle, he's having fun, he's enjoying himself, just does not want to get out," the opener said. Warner feels, while Kohli is batting he is aware that if he sticks around the middle his team will be on top of the proceedings. "Virat obviously doesn't want to get out but he knows if he spends a certain amount of time out there, he's going to score plenty of runs at a rapid rate. He's going to get on top of you. That allows the guys coming in, especially in the Indian team you've got a lot of players who can be flamboyant as well," he said. Saying that both Kohli and Smith are similar in the way that their performance dictates the tone of the match for their respective teams, Warner said, “They stabilise, they boost morale – if they score runs, everyone else’s morale is up. If they are out cheaply, you almost sense that on the field that everyone is … now we all have to step up. It’s a very bizarre situation.”
The star Australian opener also explained how he breaks down a match into smaller competitions. "Obviously you want to win the game but you almost break it down to: If I can score more runs than Virat, or if Pujara scores more runs than Steve Smith, you have these little contests and that's how you try to narrow the game in the sense that if we do these little things, we can be ahead of the game or we can be behind the game,' said Warner. "The passion is driven by...I know my sense - one, the will to win and two, wanting to do better than that person in the opposition," he added. (UNI)