Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are all geared up to lock horns on Sunday when India faces Australia in a five-match ODI series. The two captains are often compared with each other with a never ending debate of who is the better batsman. Although, the fans on both sides have enough points to argue for the two captains like their aggressive batting style, confidence on the pitch and hitting the ball at will. Even though the Kohli and Smith share these traits Australian legend and former skipper Michael Clarke might have taken a side. As per PTI report, Virat Kolhi and Steve Smith are on even keel as far as leadership qualities are concerned but thinks that the Indian batsman is slightly better than his Aussie counter-part. He says,”Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that. Smith perhaps is better in longer format.” Kohli has been in spectacular form since 2016, batting at an average of 92 plus in ODIs. Smith, on the other hand, has had his ups and downs.
While talking about the captaincy, Clarke said,”In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving. At the moment, Virat is on top as his team is winning. But again, irrespective of the number of runs you score, what matters is whether your team is winning matches or not.”
The stats for Kolhi in the limited over format are way too superior to that of Smith. Until date, Kohli has played over 200 matches in both ODI and T20 and has scored over 10,000 runs. He has 30 hundreds and 44 fifties to his name in ODI’s whereas, Smith has so far played 94 matches in which he has just managed eight hundreds and 17 fifties. Smith’s batting average in ODIs is 44.26, Virat on the other hand is at a massive 55.76!
Meanwhile, Virat Kolhi and men are currently riding high on confidence with a 9-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in their home. On the other hand, the Australians had seemed extremely vulnerable against spin bowling during the Bangladesh tour, especially during their defeat in the second Test in Chittagong. That was their first ever Test defeat to Bangladesh. The visitors from Down Under will be keen to put that behind them and redeem themselves with some good performances against India.