Ian Chappell also said that he is a role model for young players.
There have been countless comparisons between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith as to who the best batter in the world is. It cannot be disputed that both players have been big scorers for their respective teams. Both are in their early 30s are on track to break multiple records set in cricket. Smith has a Test average of 64, second only to Sir Donald Bradman.
On the other hand, Kohli has scored over 20,000 runs in Test cricket which is accompanied by 69 centuries. He is also closing in on Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI centuries which is 51. Having been successful on so many levels, former Australian cricketer Ian Chappell says that young players look up to Kohli to build their game.
He also said that Kohli was a headache for modern-day coaches saying that his methods are more ‘old school’ if anything else. And, according to Chappell, whatever technique works for a batsman shouldn’t be changed.
In an interview, Chappell said that ‘Kohli is a great role model for young players searching for a way to build their game for international success. He’s also a headache for coaches who theorise on modern methods and disparage traditional approaches as being "old time cricket"... Smith and Kohli are adequate proof that batting is very much an individual exercise and whatever works for you is the correct method’.
He also commented on Smith and said that ‘He’s fashioned a method that works for him and he’s been mentally strong enough to resist all attempts to alter his style. For all his eccentric movements and mannerisms, when Smith actually plays the ball he’s in good position to execute his choice of shot’.
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