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

Tricia Pearson
September 14, 2017

True that India and Australia are not going to be locked in a Test series but Michael Clarke and V.V.S. Laxman expect the cricket to be intense. Now a commentator, Clarke spoke on various topics in a freewheeling interview with Hindustan Times.

So, it is time to strap your seat belt as the India vs Australia ODI series is scheduled to start on Sunday.

"As leaders, I think it's very even at this stage of their careers".

He took 22 wickets, including 13 in the Chittagong, in two Tests. Both teams understand there is a line they can't cross. We can't afford to take them lightly.

For Laxman, Test cricket was paramount.

Although the Australian knows the conditions in the sub-continent pretty well thanks to his regular presence in the IPL, he said his team wouldn't get a specific message from him.

India, who are the number one ranked Test team in the world, are miles ahead in the longer format of the game. If they do that, they show the world that they are hands down the No 1 team in the world. Steve Smith who claims to have followed the entire India and Sri Lanka series is very confident for the India-Australia face-off.

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The Aussies would need to win the five-match series by a margin of 4-1 or better, to return to the No.1 ranking for the first time since being dethroned by South Africa in February. "However at the end of the day, it comes to the team that wins". We rarely play against Pakistan as cross border firing and infiltration of terrorists all caused strained relations between the two countries. Is this team more prepared to win overseas? I believe Sourav played a big part in really changing the style of Indian cricket.

"They are not only two modern-day captains but two modern-day greats". Virat Kohli is a better limited-overs batsman, only just.

You can tell Sachin that! How can there not be any buzz surrounding the one-day series? India is India. It is as unfair as comparing Kohli to Brian Lara or Don Bradman. "I think there are definitely some similarities". Sachin was an absolute legend, Brian Lara an absolute legend and Virat is making his own destiny. Both teams will fight hard and it won't be any different this season.

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. That's six very good batsmen. "Smith needs to find a way to crack that momentum early on in the series and needs to find a way for Australia to pick it again".

I think that's going to be the key. Thala Dhoni is playing. We won the World Cup in 2015. 2023? He might play that as well! Especially Pakistan who have barely seen cricket being played on their home ground.

"I didn't get too much feedback (from the selectors) to be honest". He is fit, he is healthy.

Chahal has been playing under Virat Kohli for a while in the IPL and has been Kohli's go to bowler in the tournament. He will be helping the other players. "MS Dhoni did it in a different way; Anil Kumble did it in his way".

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