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. "Two young captains, two very good players", Clarke said of the two superstars, with Kohli first in the ICC ODI batting rankings and Smith thirteenth. Ahead of the ODI series between India and Australia, Clarke also said that in Test cricket it is Steve Smith who is better Test batsman. "Smith perhaps is better in longer format", Clarke said.
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. "The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested", said MSK Prasad, chairman of the senior selection committee.
The best response for this picture tweet had to be from Indians who took pride in Captain Kohli and Co sweeping the stadium and praised the efforts of the cricketers. "They will miss Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, but there are enough talented players in the squad to beat any team in the world", he added.
Players like David Warner, Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Pat Cummins have had successful IPL stints and Clarke said the team should have no excuses in the shorter format. So, there's a carrot right there, another carrot right there for Steve Smith and his team. Virat also has the advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni in the team.
Laxman is happy with the way some Indian players have returned after recovering from injuries.
"I am very happy how Hardik is taking a lot of burden". He is exciting and is fulfilling the role of a finisher to the tee. Rohit has been equally impressive coming back from injury. Doesn't mean Ashwin is dropped, means youngsters are being given a chance.
"Similarly, it's an opportunity for Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey to seal middle-order spots".