Clarke: Kohli better than Smith in ODIs

15 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Douglas Reid
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- Superna Batheja (@SupernaBatheja) September 12, 2017I reject this nonsense, respect for big names, big players of cricket, from Pakistan. India have been invincible elsewhere, winning an ODI series in the West Inndies and clean sweeping everything in Sri Lanka.

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. In his last seven ODIs, the Punjab cricketer has managed to score just 162 runs. "Smith, I believe, is a better Test batsman", Clarke said during a media interaction in Delhi on Tuesday. When Laxman and Clarke were asked to pick the better captain and batsman among Kohli and Smith, Kohli seemed to be the clear victor.

"And at the end of the day, it's up to you to be on the spot".

"Another focal point, besides their batting, is their assessment as leaders". They are in a very good nick at the moment.

'In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving.

When asked whether Virat Kohli's Team India is more prepared to win overseason, Clarke refused to compare the present team with that of Sourav Ganguly's.

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Clarke added that MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble had their own ways of handling the team while Virat Kohli had a different style.

Australia stay in the sub-continent to play the first match of the ODI series in Chennai a week on Sunday having been held to a 1-1 draw by Bangladesh. They have opted not to make any changes in the squad which blanked Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series at their yard.

India and Australia would be considering this series to be a precursor for their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England. So, there's a carrot right there, another carrot right there for Steve Smith and his team. Both teams understand there is a line they can't cross. Will their top order go hard or will they try and consolidate for 50 overs and have wickets in hand?

"Looking forward to playing the warm-up game before the series starts". Hopefully, they attain success and carry it forward into the Australian summer. I've been battling, to be honest, probably the last 18 months.

India take on Australia in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Eden Gardens, in Kolkata.

The journalist may have been referring to the match being played between Pakistan and the World XI team. The men in blue would hope that Australia puts up a fight and series goes down to the wire and the fans can finally get to see some exciting cricket.



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