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Virat Kohli is like Federer, while Steve Smith resembles Nadal: AB De Villiers

AB de Villiers compared Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to tennis greats Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal when asked who is a better batsman. 

AB De Villiers, one of the greatest players that the game of cricket has ever seen, when asked to pick the better batsman between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Australian batsman Steve Smith, gave a very interesting reply.

“In tennis terms, I’d say he’s more like a (Roger) Federer whereas Smith is like a (Rafael) Nadal. Smith is mentally very strong and figures out a way of the scoring run – he doesn’t look natural, but he ends up writing records and doing amazing things at the crease.”

Praising Kohli De Villiers said that without a doubt Virat was the more natural ball striker.  De Villiers also felt that when it comes to chasing, Kohli is a shade ahead of Tendulkar.

“Sachin is a role model for both of us (him and Kohli). The way he stood out in his era, the things he achieved and with the grace he did all that is a great example for everyone,” de Villiers said.

“And I think Virat will also say that he set the standards for us to follow.

“But personally, in a chase, I’d say Virat is the best I’ve seen in my life. Sachin was amazing in all formats and all situations, but Virat comes out on top while chasing.”

The South African cricketer also said that apart from cricket Kohli has been also a great friend to him and they both shared a great bond and had deep conversations that went beyond cricket.

“We go pretty deep and his missus as well, Anushka, we have very deep conversations, which is fantastic. We talk about children and family. We’re waiting for that first little Kohli to come.”

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