Kohli a better skipper than Smith: Laxman

James Faulkner is not intimidated by the challenge in front of Australia in the upcoming tour to India

James Faulkner is not intimidated by the challenge in front of Australia in the upcoming tour to India

India skipper Virat Kohli is better than rival Steve Smith in ODI cricket according to former Australian skipper, Michael Clarke. "You mean business. This is sport, but this is also competition".

They might be one of the best in the business when it comes to the batting crease, but India skipper Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Steve Smith are not really the best of friends.

English woman cricketer, Danielle Wyatt is a big Kohli fan and the winning member of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 seems to have got a bat as a gift from the Indian player. Don't go by the dictionary meaning of rested. During India's Tour of Sri Lanka, the Delhi dasher notched up his 30th ODI century becoming the fastest batsman to achieve the feat and also is now the second highest on the all-times list of ODI tons. "It's a tough role to be a finisher but he can play that role", Laxman said.

India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhone, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvender Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand.

Smith and Kohli will lead their respective sides in a five-match ODI series, which will be followed by three T20Is scheduled from September 17 to October 13.

Believing it to be a massive series for Steve Smith and company, the 36-year-old said they will aim to regain the top spot by scoring a 4-1 win against India in the ODIs. "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 this Australian team has huge potential, I think it's now time to turn that potential into consistent performance". The likes of Smith, David Warner, the support staff; they've got to work towards finding what is the right technique and style for these players. They haven't played as much cricket as they would have liked. Along with that, like I said, what's important as a captain is that your team in winning.

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