With veterans Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja snubbed and KL Rahul, Axar Patel, Kedar Jadhav included for the first three ODIs between India and Australia, Twitter erupted with reactions as many called some players’ preference due to their association with Virat Kohli’s IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. To be honest, I must say that Sourav Ganguly deserves a lot of credit for the environment he created.
“I think this team has certainly got that aggression in them. they are led by an aggressive captain”. Some fans, disappointed with the exclusion of veteran stars Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, linked a new term for the selection policy – “RCB quota”. “At the end of the day it comes to who wins”. She has scored 602 runs and has 27 wickets to her name.
Clarke feels that this series will begin Steve Smith and boys’ preparation for the 2019 World Cup and it is important that the team management takes calls accordingly as winning this series could provide the ideal boost for the team. “The support staff has to work out the way they wish to play”.
The first ODI will be played at Chennai before they move upwards and east to Kolkata for the second ODI. “They know the conditions really well. and this is a massive series for us”, he said, predicting a 3-2 win for the visitors.
However, Kohli will be well aware that this particular series will not be as easy and straightforward as the Sri Lankan challenge and that players need to conjure up their best game to match the Steven Smith-led side.
The journo called Kohli as a “sweeper” and shared a picture of Virat cleaning the stadium and became a victim of trolling by all the cricket fans online. Captaincy wise, both are improving. At the moment, Virat is on top as his team is winning. “It is a big boost when you have someone with such experience in the line-up and helping out the youngster”, he said.
Asked who is a better batsman and leader among the two contemporary greats, Clarke observed: “Virat is a better ODI batsman but just about that”.