India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Match, Australia in India, 2017

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India captain Virat Kohli is a superior one-day worldwide batsman to Australia counterpart Steve Smith, according to former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke.

After a successful ODI series in the island nation, the selectors have retained him in the Indian squad to face Australia in a five-match ODI series that gets underway later this week.

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. "Smith I believe is a better Test batsman", Clarke said. When it came about naming the most important Indian batsmen from the visitors' point of view, Clarke was of the opnion on that the scalps of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli will be crucial in determining what sort of result Steve Smith & Co. can drive.

"I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them... they are led by an aggressive captain. So, I am excited to be back in the group.it's a good opportunity to play against a very good opposition in their own country", he added. "In such a short span of time the impact these two players have had on worldwide cricket is just awesome", said Laxman, who made a match-winning 281 against Australia in the epic 2001 Kolkata Test.

"But again, irrespective of the number of runs you score, what matters is whether your team is winning matches or not".

In the Test series Kohli had expressed his displeasure after Smith looked up to his dressing room while deciding whether to review his lbw dismissal in the Bangalore match, and a war of words erupted between the two captains. Smith perhaps is better in the longer format.


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. The Kangaroos recently drew the Test series in Bangladesh and are coming with sub-continental conditions experience behind them.

I reckon the top three of both teams.

India and Australia would be considering this series to be a precursor for their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Riding on his impressive show in the series, Yuvraj made it to the Indian team for the ICC Champions Trophy squad ahead of the likes of Raina, Rishabh Pant.

"They (India) have played a lot of one-day cricket in the recent past".

"Their form over the last few months has been very inconsistent". Australia's last game in Chennai was back in 1996 when they beat New Zealand in a World Cup encounter.

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