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Steve Smith vs Joe Root vs Kane Williamson vs Virat Kohli : A Statistical Comparison

Rahul Mishra
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FAB FOUR of Modern Era (R TO L) Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Virat Kohli
FAB FOUR of Modern Era (R TO L) Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root, Virat Kohli

The 'Fab Four or Best Four' of the current generation are dominating world cricket now. The Fab Four includes Team India captain Virat Kohli, former Australia captain Steven Smith, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, and England Test captain Joe Root.

Class, they say, is permanent, and these four have shown that their brand of Effectiveness is invaluable for their Team. But It is a debate that never seems to disappear. Cricket fans are engaged in a perpetual debate over who the best batsmen in the world is, which led to the creation of the “fab four”. Let's take a statistical look at who is a better batsman in the World of cricket.

Comparison in ODI


Method 1 : Average in ODI

This Stat let us know the Contribution of these Fab Four to their team's in ODI format.

Kane Williamson

In ODI, Kane Williamson has scored 6132 runs with an Average of 47.91 in 149 matches.

Joe Root

In ODI, Joe Root has Scored 5856 runs with an Excellent Average of 51.37 in 143 Matches.

Virat Kohli

In ODI, Virat Kohli has Scored 11520 runs with an Extraordinary Average of 60.31 in 239 Matches.

Steve Smith

In ODI, Steve Smith has Scored 3810 runs with an Average of 41.41 in 118 Matches.

Based on these Stats Virat Kohli is clear Winner by far.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 1 points

Steve Smith : 0 Points


Method 2 : Average in Batting First

This Stat let us know the Contribution of these Player in first Innings.

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Kane Williamson

In first Innings, Kane Williamson has Scored 3642 with the splendid average of 47.92 in 80 Innings.

Joe Root

In first Innings, Joe Root has Scored 3206 runs with Fabulous Average of 50.09 in 68 Innings.

Virat Kohli

In first Innings, Virat Kohli has Scored 4670 runs with the extraordinary Average of 51.32 in 99 Innings.

Steve Smith

In first Innings, Steve Smith has Scored 2219 runs with an Average of 40.35 in 60 Innings.

Based on these Stat Joe Root is Close to Virat Kohli but at the Point Virat kohli scores.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 2 Points

Steve Smith : 0 Points


Method 3 : Average in Chase

In this Stat we will try to find out the best in chasing among Fab Four.

Kane Williamson

In 2nd Innings, Kane williamson has Scored 2490 runs with an Average of 47.88 in 62 Innings.

Joe Root

In 2nd Innings, Joe Root has Scored 2650 runs with an extraordinary Average of 53.00 in 67 Innings.

Virat Kohli

In 2nd Innings, Virat Kohli has Scored 6850 runs with out of the world Average of 68.50 in 131 Innings.

Steve Smith

In 2nd Innings, Steve Smith has Scored 1591 runs with an Average of 43.00 in 44 Innings.

Again Virat Kohli scores the Point.

Kane Williamson : 0 points

Joe Root : 0 points

Virat Kohli : 3 Points

Steve Smith : 0 Points


Method 4 : Innings Per Century Ratio (Home)

This method helps us understand how often the players will have a great impact on the teams final score while playing away in the home conditions.

Kane Williamson

kane williamson has an average Inning per Century ratio of 17.75 with 4 century in 71 innings.

Joe Root

Joe Root has an amazing Inning per Century Ratio of 7.625 with 8 Century in 61 Innings.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has an extraordinary Inning per Century of 4.68 with 19 Century in just 89 Innings.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has an Amazing Inning per Century of 7.66 with 6 Century in 46 Innings.

Again Same Result Virat is Inevitable till now.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 4 Points

Steve Smith : 0 Points


Method 5 : Inning per Century Ratio (Away)

This method helps us understand how often the players will have a great impact on the teams final score while playing away from the familiar home conditions.

Kane Williamson

kane Williamson has an extraordinary Inning per century Ratio of 7.88 with 9 Century in 71 Innings.

Joe Root

Joe Root has an amazing Inning per Century Ratio of 9.75 with 8 Century in 78 Innings.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has an outstanding Inning Per Century of 6.25 with 24 Century in 150 Innings.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has an pretty ordinary Inning per Century of 36 with just 2 Century in 72 Innings.

Virat kohli is really King kohli in One Day format with the Clean Sweep, not a Single Point to anyone.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 5 Points

Steve Smith : 0 Points


Comparison in Test


Method 6 : Average in Test

This Stat let us know the Contribution of these Fab Four to their team's in Test format.

Kane Williamson

In Test, Kane Williamson has scored 6143 runs with an Amazing Average of 52.50 in 129 Innings.

Joe Root

In Test,Joe Root has scored 6817 with an average of 48.35 in 153 Innings.

Virat kohli

In Test, Virat Kohli has Scored 6613 runs with an Extraordinary Average of 53.76 in 131 Innings.

Steve Smith

In Test, Steve smith has Scored 6577 runs with Out of the World Average 63.24 in 120 Innings.

Finally a point to Any Other Batsman in Fab four.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 5 Points

Steve Smith : 1Points


Method 7 : Average In ODD Innings

In this Stat we will Compare the Stat of 1st and 3rd Innings of test Cricket.

Kane Williamson

In Odd Innings, Kane Williamson Has an Average of 40.85 in 1st Inning and 45.42 in 3rd Inning.

Joe Root

In Odd Innings, Joe Root has an Average of 50.58 in 1st Inning and 46.60 in 3rd Inning.

Virat Kohli

In Odd Innings, Virat Kohli has an amazing Average of 59.25 in 1st Inning and 36.45 in 3rd Inning.

Steve Smith

In Odd Innings, Steve Smith has an Extraordinary Average of 90.09 in 1st Inning and 50.61 in 3rd Inning.

In Test Steve Smith is the show till now again one point.

Kane Williamson : 0 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 5 Points

Steve Smith : 2 Points


Method 8 : Average In Even Innings

In this Stat we will try to find the average in 2nd and 3rd Inning.

Kane Williamson

In Even Innings, Kane Williamson has an amazing average of 72.45 in 1st Inning and 60.82 in 3rd Inning.

Joe Root

In Even Innings, Joe Root has an average of 56.16 in 1st Inning and 33.89 in 3rd Inning.

Virat Kohli

In Even Innings, Virat Kohli has an Average of 75.27 in 1st Inning and 49.78 in 3rd Inning.

Steve Smith

In Even Innings, Steve Smith has an Average of 65.08 in 1st Inning and 31.11 in 3rd Inning.

Based on these Stat, Virat and Kane have advantage over the Other in alternate Innings but Williamson has more Not Out than Kohli So Kane get his first Point.

Kane Williamson : 1 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 5 Points

Steve Smith : 2 Points


Method 9 : Inning Per Century Ratio (Home)

This method helps us understand how often the players will have a great impact on the teams final score while playing away in the home conditions.

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson has pretty good Inning per Century Ratio of 6.22 with 9 century in 56 Innings.

Joe Root

Joe Root has good Inning per Century ratio of 7.77 with 10 Century in 77 Innings.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has an Extraordinary Inning per Century of 4.90 with 11 Century in 54 Innings.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has an outstanding Inning per century of 3.84 with 13 Century in 50 Innings.

In Test Steve Smith Always bounce bank Samr happened here Again One point to his Score.

Kane Williamson : 1 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 5 Points

Steve Smith : 3 Points


Method 10 : Inning Per Century Ratio (Away)

This method helps us understand how often the players will have a great impact on the teams final score while playing away from the familiar home conditions.

Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson has an Amazing Inning per Century Ratio 6.63 with 11 Century in 73 Innings.

Joe Root

Joe Root has an Inning per Century Ratio of 12.5 with 6 Century in 75 Innings.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has an Outstanding Inning per Century Ratio of 5.57 with 14 Century in 77 Innings.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has an Outstanding Inning Per Century Ratio of 5.8 with 12 Century in 70 Innings.

Virat gets his First Point in test Stats,

Kane Williamson : 1 Points

Joe Root : 0 Points

Virat Kohli : 6 Points

Steve Smith : 3 Points


Based on the Above Stats, we can conclude that Virat kohli can be Considered King among the Fab Four of current Generation,but what has to be noted is the Steve Smith is a More Complete Batsman in Test cricket and Williamson is quite Close to Kohli in Test Cricket.

To compare them across formats is very difficult, for each format has an entirely subjective value to each individual. While some people hold Test cricket as being the most important form of the game, there is a new generation of limited overs fans emerging who would differ.

There is no real Test to Know who is the better batsmen among fab four and it is a joy to watch them play for their Respective team in the International Circuit.

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