Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was always a thorn in the flesh of the Australians, was on the list, alongside batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The Australian skipper was very specific with his choices while assembling his fantasy dream 11. Steve Smith picked two Indians in his dream team but left out Virat Kohli. The series events justify the ongoing rivalry between the two best batsmen in the world.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was always a thorn in the flesh of the Australians, was on the list, alongside batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. “I would have Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in my team,” Smith told reporters ahead of the second One-day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Ahead of the action packed encounter on 21st September, this bold move from the Aussie will add fuel to the fiery relationship he shares with his counterpart. Although Smith denied about any personal battles with Kohli. He gave the Indian captain credits for building a robust team. “This Indian group is quite fit and they take pride in their fitness. You can certainly see the difference in the energy levels and the way they go about their business,” he said.
When questioned about the famous rivalry, Smith said: “I think Virat is a terrific player and captain. What he has done with the Indian team is been exceptional. Personally I don’t like battles with different players if that makes sense.”
This well disguised taunt will definitely work up the aggressive Kohli. Australians are popular for getting under the oppositions skin not only with their games with their spirits too. If ‘sledging’is the word that comes to your mind you most certainly correct about it. With India, the Australians have a great history of incidents and controversies which is a folklore for cricket rivalries around the globe.
Talking about the India-Australia rivalry, Smith said one of his aims is to win a Test series in India.
“It is a massive rivalry and has been for so long. As a captain you would love to win a Test series here in India. It is one of the toughest places to come and play. The wicket is so different and there is always great cricket. This one-day and T20 series is no different,” he added.
With his forming hitting a purple patch, currently the best test batsman in the world is raring to go for his 100th ODI. Ahead of the milestone Smith clears his intentions by saying. “I will happily take a duck tomorrow if we win the game.
With one down in the series Australia will look to consolidate.The game between Team India and the furious Australians promises to be a close encounter.