Australia have arrived in Indian as the old foes meet again in a three-match ODI series on Indian soil. After emerging victorious in a coming from behind victory in 2019, the visitors will be confident to yet again get the better of the hosts in what promises to be a cracker of a short and crisp ODI affair.
While two of the world’s best teams lock horns, it will be an exhibition of some of the finest players taking guard against each other throughout the course of the series.
One will get to see the likes of Warner, Smith, Starc, Cummins, and others from the touring team, while Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah, and Rahul, lead India’s charge against a dominant Aussie outfit.
It will also be about mini face-offs among the ultimate rivalry. With Kohli and Smith being the center of attraction in this series, the perpetual question of who’s a better batsman between the two begins to formulate times and again.
Opining on the same, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, puts his weight behind his compatriot Virat Kohli as a far better batsman than Steve Smith in the limited-overs format. Gambhir, who himself has been a successful opener for India in the limited-overs, has followed Kohli’s career from close quarters.
The cricket-turned-commentator was of the opinion that sees no comparison between the two in the white-ball cricket. Talking to the host broadcaster, Gambhir mentioned his views ahead of the first ODI in Mumbai.
“Virat Kohli is far far better than Steve Smith in white-ball cricket. There’s no comparison. I would not compare Kohli to Smith in white-ball cricket. I would actually want to see what spot Smith bats on,” Gambhir said.
Even in the past, there has been a common view about Kohli being the superior among the two in ODIs and T20Is, while Smith might have an edge over the Indian captain in the Test format. Currently, Virat is ranked No.1 in ICC ODI rankings, while Australia’s No.4 is no match with an ODI ranking of 27 to his name.
However, with all said and done, despite the fact that Kohli is way ahead of Smith in ODIs, comparisons and debates over who is ahead among the two will continue to transpire until the two of them play together in the same generation.
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