Friend Kohli and Mentor Dhoni are my guiding lights, says Yuzi Chahal

Friend Kohli and Mentor Dhoni are my guiding lights, says Yuzi Chahal

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke rates Indian captain Virat Kohli ahead of Steve Smith in ODI cricket. "The spin department is where we've seen a lot of experimentation in order to get a good wrist spinner, and also the finisher's role". The return of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami was expected, but still there is no clarity over the continuous omission of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin. Don't go by the dictionary meaning of rested. Kohli had once said that Chahal doesn't fear bowling during any stage of an innings. It doesn't mean Ashwin is dropped, it means youngsters are being given a chance.

Laxman picked India to win with a 4-1 scoreline. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand.

People started mocking the Indian skipper for excluding veterans like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina who are good in limited-overs cricket. "Kohli leads by example and is the better skipper than Smith at the moment", he said. "However at the end of the day, it comes to the team that wins". Australia are coming off what was a challenging Test series against Bangladesh which they somehow managed to level. "We have got match-winning players, there are enough talented players to beat any team in the world", Clarke asserted.

Clarke also said Australia needs to decide on their style of play.

Comparisons between Kohli and Smith are inevitable, and Laxman makes no bones about the fact that he feels Kohli is a better captain.

Yuvraj Singh - this is one such name in Indian cricket which has given our desi fans countless moments of joy since the day he has made his debut in 2000 wearing the national outfit during the ICC Knockout Trophy which is now famously known as "Champions Trophy".

Faulkner's double-blow in April was a stunning reversal for the all-rounder who was feted as man-of-the-match in the 2015 World Cup final when the hosts crushed New Zealand in front of a joyous crowd of 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"I think Kohli is a better captain - both of them are young in their captaincy career".

Australian Captian has played 98 ODIs so far whereas David Warner has marked his appearance in 96 ODIs and this series will set a unique record for both. "I have been battling to be honest, probably the last 18 months. In such a short span of time the impact these two players have had on global cricket is just fantastic", said Laxman, who made a match-winning 281 against Australia in the epic 2001 Kolkata Test.