Cricket has always been a batsman’s game and there are no surprises people and media follow them wherever they go. The fab four of modern era have been considered as the future of versatile batsmanship.
However, Smith and Williamson are currently going head to head in a brief ODI series in Australia and on the other hand Kohli and Root are taking each other in the ongoing 5-Test series in India. Despite the rivalry, these guys have some mutual respect and eagerness to learn from each other justifies the sportsmanship of the game.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the fourth Test in Mumbai, Root said, “I think it’s (the comparison) always going to be there or at least for the next six months or so while we are in India. But I think the way he (Kohli) plays is a lesson on how to play on these wickets. In this series, he’s shown a great level of responsibility – because when he’s not got runs, we look like we’ve been able to take a cluster of quick wickets and when we have got him out, things have changed quite quickly.”
He further elaborated, “There must be a huge amount of pressure on him on that side and he must know that. To score the runs that he has done, I think has been massive for them (if they are to succeed) in winning this series.“
Indian skipper is leading his team from the front as the team has the unassailable lead of 2-0 in the series sand he himself has scored as much as 405 runs so far at an amazing average of 101.25 including a 167 and two scores of more than fifty. In comparison to that, Root has scored 299 runs at an average of 49.83 which comprises of a score of 124 and a couple of fifty-plus scores too. But, the major difference between their performance has been Kohli’s ability to absorb pressure and score the big runs when off to a start.
Comparing the performances of these two modern day greats it seems pretty clear that there is only one difference between these two is that Kohli has the ability to put some valuable partnerships and take his team out of trouble. If might be too early to say that as the Yorkshireman still has last two Tests to showcase his expertise as well.
Talking about that, Root said, “It was nice to get off to a good start in the first game but twice after I got to 50, I didn’t manage to kick on. That’s been the last two years in general really. It would be nice if I did get the opportunity to get in over the next two games and go big and make a real good contribution to hopefully a good first inning score to set up a win, or chase something down and do something special out there.”
Apart from the series in itself, the duo is running in the race of the becoming the highest run-scorer of 2016 across all the three formats. Currently, Root leading the list with Kohli trailing by just 33 runs as the calendar year is coming to its end.