Virat Kohli is the best, but Steve Smith's record speaks for itself: Ganguly

KOLKATA: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday declined to compare Steve Smith & virat Kohli , emphasizing that the captain of India is still the best in the world, but Smith's records speak for themselves.

Former Australian captain Smith maintained his position at the top of the ICC test player ranking after the deadly spoils with Kohli sitting behind him in second place.

Smith's scores of 80 & 23 have helped him remain 34 points ahead of Kohli with 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests including a double hundred.

These are questions that should not be answered. How important is it? It's about performance. Virat is the best in the world right now. So that's what makes us happy, Ganguly told reporters outside the launch of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K. Ganguly is the face of the event.

When asked about Smith, he said: His records speak for themselves ... 26 Try hundreds, which is a phenomenal record.

The sixth edition of the $ 100,000 Tata Steel Kolkata 25K will take place on December 15.

Registration for the annual race, to which the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has granted the status of a Silver Label event, will open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

The race is expected to attract over 15,000 runners across five categories -- 25K run, Open 10K, Ananda Run (5 km), Senior Citizens' Run (2.3km) & Champions with Disability (2.3km).

Ganguly was also asked about his ambitions to become India's next coach.

Let one coach finish, then we'll think about the other coach, the 47-year-old said with a smile on his face.

In any case, I'm already a coach. I take care of the capitals of Delhi in the IPL. In my first season last year, they did well. They went to the semifinals for being the last seven years, so it has been good.

Ravi Shastri He was re-elected as head coach of the Indian team until November 24, 2021.

Ganguly is currently the president of the Bengal Cricket Association (CAB), in addition to being associated with the IPL Delhi Capitals franchise as a team advisor.

He also does cricket commentary & is the host of a popular Bengali quiz show.

On the future of MS Dhoni, Ganguly said: I don't know what the selectors think, what Virat thinks. They are the important people, let them make the decision.

Ganguly also said India are the favourites to win the T20 & Test series at home against South Africa.

The first T20 got washed out in Dharamsala & the second rubber is on September 18 in Mohali.

India will also play three tests against proteas.

"India are favourites. India at home is a dangerous team. They are very hard to beat & that's been the case for years," Ganguly said.