Virat Kohli Or Steve Smith? Michael Clarke Picks His Favourite ODI Batsman

Virat Kohli Or Steve Smith? Michael Clarke Picks His Favourite ODI Batsman

The two have not been face-to-face in worldwide cricket, where India and Australia have had contrasting fortunes. "At the moment though, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team is winning and Virat Kohli's team is winning", he added. I liked Sourav (Ganguly) for his captaincy because he was not scared to lose. The first three ODIs will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and Indore.

Both the teams take a lot of pride in their performances. "Players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run".

Laxman is mighty impressed with Kohli's captaincy and feels that the positive attitude of the skipper actually rubs off on the other players and that has helped this Indian team become the dominating force that they have become in the a year ago.

However, during the 2016-17 Test series, the bad blood spilled over between Kohli and Smith with the former saying that his friendship with the Australians was damaged.

"On the field it is all about business". They haven't played as much cricket as they would have liked.

Laxman is also pleased with the way the Indian players have returned to the team post injury breaks. With the Indian spinners proving ineffective in the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, the selectors decided that there was a need for immediate inclusion of wrist spinners and grooming a finisher of merit. But spinners are inexperienced, that is why India will dominate.

Laxman was delighted by the progress of Hardik Pandya.

"And at the moment, Kohli's team is winning". With Steve Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch all familiar with Indian conditions with loads of IPL experience behind them, they will no doubt would pose a major threat to the Indian bowling attack. "Smith I believe is a better Test batsman", Clarke said. However, they could miss their strike bowler, Mitchell Starc.

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In the Test series Kohli had expressed his displeasure after Smith looked up to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in the Bangalore match, and a war of words erupted between the two captains. They are in the process of trying different names in both batting and bowling departments.

"This one-day squad is very different from the Test squad".

Where there is talent, there will be comparison.

"Virat is a better limited-over batsman, only just; Steve Smith is a better Test batsman, in my opinion".

"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose".

'He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record, ' current Australia captain Smith said. Virat also has the advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni in the team. Faulkner said it was tough to be out of the side for a while but it gave him the chance to reflect and come back stronger. "I'm happy now", he said.

"The Australian fans expect Australia to be at the top of the tree, to be number one in the world".

India, riding high from the 9-0 drubbing of Sri Lanka, have announced the squad for the first three ODIs and there are no major surprises in the store. But again it's not fair to compare Sachin and Virat right now. "India is in the top three across all formats and it would be interesting to see how these two teams fare in this upcoming tournament".

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