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

Posted September 15, 2017

Smith was also the highest run-scorer (499, including three hundreds) from either side when Australia toured India for four Tests earlier this year.

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes Virat Kohli is a better ODI batsman than Steven Smith, but says the case is opposite when it comes to Test cricket.

Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen in the world, across all three formats of the game. "Seems to me that Virat is not scared to lose and that's a great advantage", said Clarke. This also isn't the first time Pakistani fans have stood up for the Indian captain.

"In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving. I don't see any weak link in this Indian team", he said.

"The way Kohli leads the team, he is positive and proactive". Australia are coming off what was a challenging Test series against Bangladesh which they somehow managed to level.

People started mocking the Indian skipper for excluding veterans like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina who are good in limited-overs cricket.

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The players sledged and battled, Steve Smith was panned for looking at the dressing room during a referral, the media got involved, muck was thrown at Kohli.

India take on the Aussies in the first of the five One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Chennai on Sunday.

With 2019 World Cup being considered as the next holy grail, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), national selectors, captain Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are now on an experimental spree to try out different combinations. They have opted not to make any changes in the squad which blanked Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series at their yard. I think this team has that aggressive intent because they've been made this way by aggressive captains. "They know the conditions really well... and this is a massive series for us", he said, predicting a 3-2 win for the visitors. So, there's a carrot right there, another carrot right there for Steve Smith and his team.

By Amit Chaudhary India's tour to Sri Lanka may have been drab for many, but VVS Laxman is gung-ho about the 9-0 scoreline and the fact that Virat Kohli & Co were "ruthless" in their approach, and despite facing an inexperienced opposition, were "not complacent".

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent".