Asked who is the number one batsman in the world, Ponting said: “Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there.
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“(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I’d have him as the number one player in the world,” he said at Channel Seven’s cricket season launch.
Ponting believes Smith’s contribution in Australia’s many victories, especially at the Ashes, makes him a better batsman than Kohli.
“That’s how high in regard I hold Steve Smith – what he’s done the last three or four years with his game and (he’s been) able to lead an Australian team to so many wins the way he has (batted),” Ponting said.
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