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


Steve Smith's side now sits in second spot in the team rankings, just a fraction of a point clear of third-placed India, who face the same scenario as Australia if they are to ascend to the top of the rankings.

However, VVS Laxman, who was also present here on Tuesday during a panel discussion organised by broadcasters Star Sports, had no doubt in his mind who was the better among the two when it came to leading their team.

"From the players' point of view they all would love to be good at Tests but the way the game is progressing, it is important to be versatile and flexible".

Asked if this series would actually see the start of the preparations for the 2019 World Cup, Laxman begged to differ.

Clarke, who led Australia in 41 ODIs and was captain of the 2015 World Cup-winning side, believes that experience will prove crucial in the coming series, starting at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Players like Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Kane Richardson and Matthew Wade were not shortlisted for IPL 10.

"In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much". At the end of the day, your job as a captain is to win. In spite of playing just seven T20Is, Chahal has recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian in the format when he took six wickets against England in Bangalore earlier this year. If they can beat India in their own backyard, they go a long way to getting back to No 1 (in ODIs). "Seems to me that Virat is not scared to lose and that's a great advantage", said Clarke. "Smith needs to find that momentum".

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"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose".

"I must say that thanks to the skipper, I now have the confidence to bowl anywhere in the innings and in any situation".

Chalal made his debut for India against Zimbabwe in 2016 and was dropped from the side after the series.

Laxman also praised all-rounder Hardik Pandya, saying that he is performing well as a finisher. Clarke brushed it off and said, "I'm silly but not that silly to say such a thing and make it front page news".

The Aussies would need to win the five-match series by a margin of 4-1 or better, to return to the No.1 ranking for the first time since being dethroned by South Africa in February. India is India. It is as unfair as comparing Kohli to Brian Lara or Don Bradman. Both teams will fight hard and it won't be any different this season.

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has backed Steve Smith's team to topple India in the coming one-day worldwide series, saying their experience in the Indian Premier League will play a key role.