Former skipper Michael Clarke said Tuesday (12) the Australians would likely upstage hosts India in the upcoming one-day series thanks to their stints with the Indian Premier League.
Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings. 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. Smith has already extended the olive branch and said he hoped the series would be played in good spirit. Smith perhaps is better in the longer format. We can't split them, two very young and good captains.
The scores from the last ODI series Australia played in India - in 2013 - lend credence to Clarke's views as 300s and 350s were scored and chased down with consummate ease.
For that to happen, India will need to win all the first three ODIs, which will propel them to number one position. The five match series will be followed by three-match T20 series to conclude the tour.
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On who is a better player, Clarke replied: "Virat is a better limited overs batsman, but only just". And honestly, at the moment, I think it's very even at this stage of their careers. The reason for Yuvraj's axing from the Sri Lanka limited-overs series was directly associated with his failure to clear the endurance test.
Clarke on the other hand said, "3-2 to the Aussies". Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal have been retained for their performance during the Sri Lanka tour, where India swept to an emphatic 9-0 victory in all three formats.
India and Australia would be considering this series to be a precursor for their preparations for the 2019 World Cup in England. 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. India tried youngsters like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav in the middle-order and provided them best of opportunities to acclimatize with the new roles to add an X-factor to the team. I've been battling, to be honest, probably the last 18 months.