Virat Kohli
Kohli brought up his 20th Test ton on Saturday in DelhiIANS

Today, December 2 was indeed a "Super Saturday" for cricket fans as two of the best modern day batsmen were in action, simultaneously. While Virat Kohli was taming an insipid Sri Lankan attack on the opening day of the third Test in Delhi, Steve Smith showed his class under the night sky in Adelaide during Day 1 of the second Ashes Test.

As it turned out, England star Kevin Pietersen seemed to have been impressed more by Kohli's efforts as he took to Twitter to call him the 'greatest of his generation'.

The Indian captain brought up his 20th Test century and also the third successive ton in the three-match series against Sri Lanka. Kohi also became the fourth fastest Indian to reach 5,000 runs in the longer format of the game.

Pietersen's remark though did not go down well with some of the Australian fans on the social media platform, who argued Smith was better than Kohli.

One of them even predicted that England batsman will receive a lot of flak from Australian fans, given the heated rivalry between England and Australia on and off the field in the ongoing Ashes season.

Pietersen's remark comes after an array of Australian legends, including Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh, heaped praise on Smith following his match-winning 141 not out in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane last month.

While Ponting called him "the No. 1 batsman in the world", Waugh likened Smith's hunger to that of Sachin Tendulkar and said the Australian captain will "rewrite history books".

Steve Smith
Steve Smith celebrated his 21st Test century in Brisbane last monthReuters

Notably, Smith, who started as a leg-spinner, has gone on to become one of the most consistent batsmen in the modern era.

With 5,511 runs at an average of 61.23 in Tests, the Australian skipper is well ahead of Kohli, who has managed 4,975 runs at 51.82 (before the start of Delhi Test).

However, Kohli dominates limited-over cricket as his averages both in ODIs and T20Is are above 50 whereas Smith is 43.23 in ODIs and a meagre 21.55 in T20Is. Also, the Indian captain has hit 32 tons, 24 more than his Australian counterpart in limited-overs.