'Kohli better than Smith in limited overs'

Sep 15, 2017, 00:43
'Kohli better than Smith in limited overs'

Admitting that India are now in a very "good nick", Australian all-rounder James Faulkner believes that its going to be a real test for them when they face Virat Kohli and Co.in the limited-overs series starting 17 September.

India go into the five-match ODI series on the back of impressive recent ODI form.

The previous visit of Australia to India, for the Test series, concluded with Virat Kohli suggesting that his friendship with a few cricketers from Down Under may have been soured to the point of no return. "Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith. Smith I believe is a better Test batsman", Clarke said.

Smith averages 44 with the bat in the 50-over format but close to 60 in the longest format of the game, compared to Kohli's Test average of 49.55.

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They are a unsafe ODI side, especially with players such as Smith, Warner and Maxwell having great IPL experience of playing in India, they can make life tough for the home team.

"They are not only two modern-day captains but two modern-day greats".

"Captaincy, I can't split them at the moment, I think it is very even at this stage".

Laxman is mighty impressed with Kohli's captaincy and feels that the positive attitude of the skipper actually rubs off on the other players and that has helped this Indian team become the dominating force that they have become in the past year. What is important is the team wins. I am sure both will go all out and be aggressive and win the matches for their team... Faulkner said it would be a "test" of character for Australia to beat in-form India at home. This also isn't the first time Pakistani fans have stood up for the Indian captain.

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David Warner hit 64 at the top of the order, while Marcus Stoinis top-scored with 76 before Ashton Agar took 4-44 to boost his chances of selection in the series. We won the World Cup in 2015.

Indian and Australian cricket teams are all set to face each other in the upcoming cricket series which is to be played on Indian grounds.

"I think it's time for the Australian team to really decide how they want to approach the 2019 World Cup". Over the years, both the teams have been involved in some intriguing battles.

The big-hitting all-rounder, who bowls left-arm medium-pace, said he was happy to be back in the team and looked forward to putting up a solid performance against India.

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An India-Australia series played without fireworks on the field, without the sledging and banter is a rarity.