Virat Kohli Or Steve Smith? Michael Clarke Picks His Favourite ODI Batsman

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Cricket fans around the world are waiting for the upcoming 5-match One Day International (ODI) series between India and Australia. Two of the strongest teams in the world will be up against each other in front of a capacity crowd in India.

Both, India and Australia, have captains who lead from the front. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen in the world, across all three formats of the game. Both are very consistent and score runs very freely in limited overs cricket.

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke rates Indian captain Virat Kohli ahead of Steve Smith in ODI cricket. Clarke said that Virat is a better ODI batsman than Smith, “but just by that much”.

“In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much. Smith I believe is a better Test batsman,” Michael Clarke was quoted as saying by TOI.

“I think over the next few days, everybody would want to speak about Steve Smith vs Virat Kohli but at the end of the day, it comes down to one thing, and that is the team that wins. It doesn’t matter who makes the runs – Kohli or Smith. At the end of the day, your job as a captain is to win.

“Another focal point besides their batting is their assessment as leaders. And honestly, at the moment, I think it’s very even at this stage of their careers. Two young captains, two very good players and they both continue to improve. Along with that, like I said, what’s important as a captain is that your team in winning. And at the moment, Kohli’s team is winning. Smith needs to find a way to crack that momentum early on in the series and needs to find a way for Australia to pick it again.”