'Kohli better than Smith in limited overs'

Posted September 15, 2017

"95 per cent of the pitches around the world are similar in ODIs", Clarke told TOI on Tuesday (September 12). In just 194 ODIs, he is level with Ricky Ponting with 30 centuries, the second-highest in ODIs.

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.

Virat Kohli is a better batsman than Steve Smith in ODI cricket while the Australia captain is number one in the longest format of the game, according to Michael Clarke.

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"In limited-overs cricket, Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much". When it came about naming the most important Indian batsmen from the visitors' point of view, Clarke was of the opnion on that the scalps of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli will be crucial in determining what sort of result Steve Smith & Co. can drive. "The team's performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run and this will, in turn, supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours", Prasad said.

"They are not only two modern-day captains but two modern-day greats".

"As leaders, I think it's very even at this stage of their careers. But Kohli's team is winning and Smith needs to find a way to grab that momentum", he added. The Royal Challengers Bangalore duo are trying to replicate similar success with the national team as Kohli has been backing the spinner in ODIs and T20Is. But as a group, they are slightly more relaxed in coloured clothing, as was evident from the body language in the dressing room during the limited-overs leg of the all-conquering tour of Sri Lanka.

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Australia, on the other hand, after settling their pay dispute landed in Bangladesh for the two-match Test series.

Faulkner's double-blow in April was a stunning reversal for the all-rounder who was feted as man-of-the-match in the 2015 World Cup final when the hosts crushed New Zealand in front of a joyous crowd of 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The likes of Smith, David Warner... they've got to work towards finding what is the right technique and style for these players.

"Looking forward to playing the warm-up game before the series starts". "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months". Smith said that they will look to do the talking with their play rather sledging at the Indian players. The Australian fans expect Australia to be at the top of the tree, to be No. 1 in the world, and if we can beat India, I think 4-1, and then we will get there.

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