Kohli better than Smith in limited-overs - Clarke

Speaking to Cricketnext ahead of India's ODI series against Australia, the Haryana leggie was heaping praises on MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli for being his guiding lights. "The series is going to be a test", Faulkner added. "That's the hallmark of a champion side", Laxman said. The impact they have had at the global level is exemplary. On field you don't necessarily have to be friends.

On India's top spinning duo - R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - being "rested" for the series, Laxman said: "The communication channel is very clear". Don't go by the dictionary meaning of rested. It doesn't mean Ashwin is dropped, it means youngsters are being given a chance.

"We will obviously plan for all their players, but too early to talk about it at present". I have always believed the better fielding team goes a long way to winning the game. He was recalled to the ODI side after one year when the team toured Sri Lanka last month and took five wickets in four matches. "The role of finisher is being fulfilled by Hardik Pandya". Kohli had once said that Chahal doesn't fear bowling during any stage of an innings.

Laxman said India are a champions side with depth in both their batting and bowling departments.


Laxman said he was satisfied with the dominating manner of India's victories.

The comparisons between Smith and Kohli are inevitable.

Both, India and Australia, have captains who lead from the front.

Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal might be relatively new to worldwide cricket, but he has already made a case for himself to be part of the playing XI in the limited-overs formats.


"I think over the next few days, everybody would want to speak about Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli but at the end of the day, it comes down to one thing, and that is the team that wins". India will look to beat No.1 ODI team Australia in the 5-match ODI series and 3-match T20 series which is scheduled to start from 17 September 2017.

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.

This is not the first time so far, earlier, Australian media during the test series made the Indian captain on headlines in Australian newspapers and media agencies for various reasons. Thanks to IPL, players like David Warner, Steven Smith, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head, Aaron Finch, James Faulkner and Glenn Maxwell have gained plenty of experience.

The fall from grace stung Faulkner, who had been considered among the nation's best white-ball cricketers after being crowned player of the 2015 World Cup final.



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