Hindustan Times – Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes India captain Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world only because Steve Smith is serving a year-long ban for his role in ball tampering at a Cape Town Test.

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  • Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes India captain Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world only because Steve Smith is serving a year-long ban for his role in ball tampering at a Cape Town Test.
  • Asked who is the number one batsman in the world, Ponting said: “Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there.
  • ALSO READ: Explain why BCCI should not be under RTI Act: Central Information CommissionPonting 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.
  • Smith, who was banned for a year by Cricket Australia for his role in the ball tampering scandal that rocked the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town, has so far scored 23 Test hundreds at an average of 61.37.


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