Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has been doing an excellent job with both bat and ball. He started his international as a regular spinner and over the years has now emerged as Test cricket’s No.1 all-rounder. On the other hand, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has been always there to take the team out of deep waters and is regarded amongst the best batsmen in the world. Be it any kind of pitch or in bowling attack, Kohli has proved his mettle with bat across formats. He has performed consistently and earned his way up the ladder to replace MS Dhoni as Test captain.
Kohli and Ashwin’s success has helped India climb to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test Ranking and fans often go into a healthy debate on who is India’s best cricketer in the longest format. Ashwin has contributed brilliantly with both bat and ball, whereas Kohli has been scoring consistently for the team and leading well. Ashwin has benefitted from the batting promotion and is enjoying the role of an all-rounder. He has scored 4 Test hundreds in his career and continues to be consistent with the bat. With the ball, he is already the No.1 Test bowler.
The only place where Ashwin lacks as a spinner is in overseas conditions, especially in England, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. Kohli, on the other side has been scoring aplenty. He has not just led but have always set example for others irrespective of the conditions. Going by the numbers of both these players in the ongoing series against England, Kohli has contributed 23 percent of team runs with bat whereas Ashwin has scored 14 percent of team runs, along with 15 wickets.
While Ashwin has his fans because of his all-round shows, not to forget Kohli boasts an impressive record as captain. So far, India have won 12 Tests under Kohli’s captaincy from the 20 played and the number will increase over the period. Kohli is yet to be tested in overseas conditions as captain and it will be interesting to see how he guides them in future. It is difficult to draw a comparison between both these two modern greats so we give this herculean responsibility to our audience.
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