Graeme Smith and Kevin Pietersen share many characteristics. They are both South African, both aggressive batsmen and both very opinionated. After the retirements of Tendulkar and Kallis, loosing these players is international crickets loss. While Smith was in total control of his retirement it was taken out of KP’s hands. It cant be argued that either player has not become a great for their country. Smith being the inspirational captain for South Africa whilst Pietersen was his sides star man. Below I have listed a comparison of the players in different categories to see if there is any separation of these two greats.
The left handed Smith was a very determined has always opened the batting for South Africa, this may have given him a slight advantage over the England star. The former South Africa captain scored a total of 37 international centuries. KP has an equally impressive 32 centuries to his name. This seems to make them both equal on batting ability seeing as Smith has played a few more games, that probably explains the slightly higher batting average for Pietersen also. In terms of paying money to watch one of the two I would have to give KP the slight edge., for his extra flair and flamboyance. Winner: Pietersen
Neither player was renowned for their bowling, but both took a few wickets. Smith taking 26 international scalps and Pietersen 17. This is not really a category that we should be judging them on. winner: N/A
Having such a big frame both players found it hard to be top class fielders. Smith was useful as a slip fielder whilst KP was mainly employed around a boundary. I think this is another draw. Winner: draw
Whilst Pietersen could have been a good captain, he didnt last long. Too many arguments throughout his career seems to be a running theme. Smith on the other hand was probably the best captain of the last ten years. Winner: Smith
If you sat down with a group of guys and introduced them to both Smith and Pietersen they would think both are ultra aggressive people. KP is far more controversial, having been a problem in almost every team he has played in. Over the years Graeme Smith has mellowed down, he is now a likeable character for opposition players. He always put his team first, the classic example of this would be his dislike to Pietersen, which has now fizzled away.
Please list below who you think out of the two is better and why? Also dont forget to vote in the poll: