Smith and Kohli are not here to make friends - VVS Laxman

It was probably the most fiery series of the decade when Australia toured India for a four Test series, earlier this year with players from both the sides exchanging heated arguments. Indian skipper Virat Kohli even went a step ahead and publicly called Smith a cheater saying that Australian players are no more friends. Similar sort of fire can be expected from both the teams during their 5 match ODI series, feels VVS Laxman who says that Kohli and Smith are not here to make friends.

"This is absolutely the no.1 rivalry. Both teams will fight hard and it won't be any different this season. None of us gave the Aussies a chance in the Test series, but they were most competitive. Coming to Kohli and Smith, they are modern day greats. The impact they have had at the international level is exemplary. On field you mean business and you don't need to be friends. They will be aggressive and will go all out. That is the way it should be because it is a competition and there is no friendship. They are highly competitive," he clarified.

Laxman also looked pleased with the aggression that Kohli brings to the team that helped Indian team to team a brutal force they are over the past few years.

"The way Kohli leads the team, he is positive and proactive. He is ruthless in his approach and this team is looking to improve on its own and not looking at the opposition. These guys wish to execute their own goals. I don't see any weak link in this Indian team," he said.

Unlike the former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who feels that both Kohli and Smith are on par with each other in their captaincy skills, Laxman voted in favour of the Indian skipper.

Laxman said that Kohli is benefited with the presence of MS Dhoni in the team.

"Virat is a better captain and while they are both young, Smith wasn't very proactive during the Test series. Virat also has the advantage of having someone like MS Dhoni in the team. Kohli leads by example and is the better skipper than Smith at the moment," he said.

Predicting a 4-1 outcome of the series in favour of India, Laxman said that the Australian bowling lacks quality to trouble the Indian batsman.

"4-1 to India because the Australian bowling department looks very weak. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand. But yes on the field, it is about which team does better on the day."


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