Ahead of Australia-India series, Australian journalist calls Virat Kohli a 'sweeper'

Clyde Nash
September 15, 2017

While Clarke backed Australia to win the series 3-2 and rated Steve Smith a better Test batsman than Virat Kohli, Laxman, rating Kohli the better captain of the two, put faith in India claiming it 4-1.

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 Laxman and Clarke were asked to pick the better captain and batsman among Kohli and Smith, Kohli seemed to be the clear victor. Clarke said that Virat is a better ODI batsman than Smith, "but just by that much".

Once known for lethargic and unimpressive approach on the field, the Indian cricket team has come a long way in terms of setting the fielding standards in world cricket.

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Virat Kohli has always shared a volatile relationship with Australians.

"And at the moment, Kohli's team is winning".

Yuvraj Singh - this is one such name in Indian cricket which has given our desi fans countless moments of joy since the day he has made his debut in 2000 wearing the national outfit during the ICC Knockout Trophy which is now famously known as "Champions Trophy". "Virat is a better captain and while they are both young, Smith wasn't very proactive during the Test series". From 17 September, India begins its home season with a limited-overs series against familiar foe, Australia. They have opted not to make any changes in the squad which blanked Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series at their yard. He was recalled to the ODI side after one year when the team toured Sri Lanka last month and took five wickets in four matches. The Kangaroos recently drew the Test series in Bangladesh and are coming with sub-continental conditions experience behind them.

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I will definitely be working hard to do that, or to help the team set up and get wins. We looked very carefully at our squad and we thought that was the best for the team.

'We still have some way to go before the 2019 World Cup, but honestly we have not won as much as we would like'.

Indian batting great VVS Laxman, who was also present at the event, said he did not foresee any controversy in the ODI series.

While the series pits two heavyweights in the 50-over format against each other - Australia is ranked second and India third - the visitors are also chasing a return to the world No.1 ranking. 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. This is a departure from the early days of Clarke's career where turners awaited visiting teams in India even in ODIs. The players need to identify their roles during this India series. "Though they will miss Starc and Hazelwood, there are a lot of match-winning players and I believe that this team can beat India".

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