Comparison: Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli in Test

Virat Kohli (IND)   Steve Smith (AUS)
Nov 5, 1988 Date of birth June 2, 1989
29 years Age 28 years
vs WI in Jamaica, Jun 20, 2011 Test debut vs PAK at Lord’s, Jul 13, 2010
No. 4 (top-order batsman) Batting position No. 4 (top-order batsman)
Right-hand batsman Batting style Right-hand batsman
vs SA at Wanderers, Jan 27, 2018 Last Test vs SA at Newlands, Mar 25, 2018
No. 2 ICC Test ranking No. 1
66 (112) Tests (inns) 64 (117)
5554 Test runs 6199
53.40 Average 61.37
8 Not outs 16
6 Double centuries 2
3 150s 5
22 100s 23
16 50s 24
15 100s as captain 15
11 100s overseas 10
10 100s at home 13
6 vs AUS, 5 vs SL, 4 vs ENG, 3 vs NZ, 2 vs SA, 1 vs BAN, 1 vs WI 100s by opponent 8 vs ENG, 7 vs IND, 2 vs NZ, 2 vs PAK, 2 vs WI, 1 vs SA, 1 vs SL
58.26 Strike rate 55.49
243 vs Sri Lanka at Kotla, Delhi Highest score 239 vs England at WACA, Perth
618 4s 684
17 6s 36
Matches 35; won 21, drawn 9, lost 5 Captaincy record Matches 34; won 18, drawn 10, lost 6
  • The first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive Test series
  • 11th Indian batsman to score 5000 Test runs
  • The first batsman to score six double hundreds as captain
  • Highest run-scorer for an Indian batsman in a three-match Test series (610 runs against Sri Lanka 2017), and the fourth-highest overall
  • Kohli-led India hold the record for the joint-most consecutive Test series wins (9)
  • First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas
  • Most Test runs in 2012 (689), 2015 (640) and 2016 (1215) by an Indian
  • Most Test centuries as captain of India (14)
Test records
  • The First batsman in history to score centuries in five consecutive Tests against India
  • Steve Smith’s ICC Test rating points of 945 is the second-highest in history
  • Second joint-fastest batsman to reach 6000 Test runs (111 innings)
  • Youngest Australian and fourth-youngest overall to reach 6000 runs in Test
  • The only player to win ICC Test player of the year award more than once (twice)
  • The highest run scorer in Test in 2015 (1474), 2017 (1305)
  • Only the second batsman after Matthew Hayden to score 1000 Test runs or more in four consecutive calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017)

Last update: 3 Aug 2018

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