2019 Diwali big bash: Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith
In the fourth episode of HotSpot, we take a brief look back at the third Test between India and South Africa, India winning the series 3-0, their terrific fast bowling line-up, and what ails South African cricket.
The big-bang topic and main theme of this episode is a discussion on the two greatest batsmen of this current era... Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. It's a booming Diwali special episode, alright!
Our special guest on this show is Wisden editor and Daily Mail cricket correspondent Lawrence Booth. He joins us from New Zealand, where he is covering England's 2019 tour.
Season 2019-2020, Episode 4:
0:00-4:30 - What’s in store for you in this episode of HotSpot
4:30-19:20 - India's 11th Test series' win in a row at home, won Ranchi Test with ease, their fast bowling attack, and the problems ailing South African cricket. What is the way forward with Kolpak and Brexit, and how best they can cope with this transition period?
19:21-34:23 - The big-bang... Virat Kohli versus Steve Smith... how do these two batsmen match up? How do you bowl to them? Is Smith the greatest Test batsman since Sir Don Bradman?
34:25-52:20 - Kohli's evolution as the world's best batsman across formats. What do the numbers suggest about Kohli-Smith's career graphs? Does Smith need to play more T20 cricket? Where does Kohli's Test career go from here? Are they heading for a summit clash when India tour Australia in 2020?
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