Clarke rates Kohli ahead of Smith in ODIs

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is having a dream run in international cricket at the moment as the Indian stalwart recently notched up his 30th ODI century to settle on par with the Australian great Ricky Ponting and only behind the legendary Sachin Tendulkar who stands tall with 49 ODI tons to his name. Australian skipper Steve Smith on the other hand has been the most consistent performer for Australia over the past few years, scoring runs, all round the globe in different conditions.

Both Kohli and Smith are often compared to determine the best batsman of the modern era. Giving his opinion on the issue former Australian captain Michael Clarke has termed the Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the better batsman in shorter formats while Smith edged ahead of Kohli in Test cricket. Comparing their captaincy skills Clarke played safe and kept both Kohli and Smith on par.

Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that. Smith perhaps is better in longer format."

"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," said Clarke, who is here as a TV expert for the upcoming five-match ODI series.

Clarke also said that the ODI series against India will be a great opportunity for the Australian players to transform their skills into performance.

"Obviously, this is an opportunity for this Australian side to translate their potential into consistent performance. This team needs to back its talent as there's enough talent in the squad."

The Australian legend also found some similarities between Virat Kohli and the man who changed the way the world looked at Indian cricket, their former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

"I think there are similarities. Sourav Ganguly deserves a lot of credit for the environment he created. He never took a backseat. MS Dhoni, Anil Kumble and Kohli have all done it in their own ways. The current Indian team is led by an aggressive skipper who does not want to lose," Clarke said during a promotional event.

He also said that the IPL experience will help the Australian players to adapt to the conditions easily.

"The experience of playing in India makes it all the more easier for the Aussies. India is like a second home for these guys as they have played in the IPL. They know the conditions and the opposition so there can't be any excuse," Clarke signed off.

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