Asked whether Virat Kohli is a better batsman than contemporary Steve Smith, former Australia captain Michael Clarke proffered a split decision in debating both players' qualities ahead of their upcoming ODI series.
Steve Smith is keen on winning the one-day series in India as clearly said that nothing means to more to him that beating Virat Kohli's men in their backyard. "He knows his game a lot better now than when he started his career", Clarke said. "It's all about what gives us more balance", the Indian captain added. They are two very young captains, two very good players and they both continue to improve. What is important is the team wins.
The official twitter account of BCCI posted the details of the squad: "TEAM: Kohli (C), Rohit, Shikhar, Rahul, Pandey, Jadhav, Rahane, MSD, Hardik, Axar, Kuldeep, Chahal, Bumrah, Bhuvi, Umesh, Shami #INDvAUS".
Laxman agreed, "It doesn't matter if they are verbal on the field but they have to show that high level of competitiveness which will always happen when India plays Australia".
Leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal might be relatively new to global cricket, but he has already made a case for himself to be part of the playing XI in the limited-overs formats.
"I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them... they are led by an aggressive captain".
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.
In 2013-14, when Australia last visited the country for a seven-match ODI series, Kohli had scored 344 runs in five innings at an average of 114.66, including two hundreds and two fifties. The reason for Yuvraj's axing from the Sri Lanka limited-overs series was directly associated with his failure to clear the endurance test. The teams then travel to Bangalore and Nagpur for the final two games, before they take part in a three-match T20I series. Australia, on the other hand, had a mixed tour of Bangladesh, with the Test series ending 1-1.
'We still have some way to go before the 2019 World Cup, but honestly we have not won as much as we would like'. 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.
Amidst all this, chances of Yuvraj making a return to India's playing XI looks very bleak at the moment.
"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent".