So keen is the Indian skipper Virat Kohli on the wrist spin strategy that India are likely to unleash both Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav against Australia in the opening match of the series at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. Legends of the game too involved themselves in the battle of words - some blamed Kohli and his aggressiveness while some used phrases of disppointment towards Smith. He had scored a total of 391 runs in 10 matches against India, which includes a ton and two fifties. He is obviously a very good player and has a phenomenal ODI record.
So much so that after the conclusion of the Border-Gavaskar series, either captains were asked about the status of their friendship.
2 catches needed by Kohli to surpass Yuvraj Singh (93) and grab 8th spot in the all-time ODI list for India.
The first ODI between India and Australia will be played on September 17, 2017. "Australia need to find out a way to bowl out India in order to beat them", Clarke expressed.
India will play Australia in a five-match ODI series and three T20s, starting tomorrow. The 36-year-old looks certain to add to his 301 ODI caps on Sunday but questions marks remain on whether he is worthy of a place in the World Cup squad.
Smith feels the Chennai surface is likely to be full of runs and highlighted the importance of big runs from the top order.
With Chepauk all set to be a packed house (leaving out the three stands which still await clearance from the local authorities) for the weekender clash, both the teams would be hoping to start proceedings on a winning note.
"That being said, India know exactly what they are capable of doing".
An emphasis on squad rotation, player management and using the format to hand experience to young players has resulted in an nearly apathetic approach to the One Day International cricket, which is fast becoming more a proving ground for new talent than a format where winning is everything. I am not sure but we are ready for both. Along with the left-arm fast bowler, who is recuperating from a minor injury, his colleagues Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson are also nursing sore muscles back home leaving Pat Cummins to shoulder the extra burden in India. "I think it's up to the player to get versatile in a manner that he can take up different positions what the team requires him to do", he said. And he is someone who needs to be backed because we believe that he has the ability.
Yadav made his test debut against Australia in Dharamsala and took 4-91. He had a great series in West Indies and won the Man of the Series award. Smith said Saturday the team had the 2019 World Cup firmly in mind. "It is up to the player to get versatile, but it takes time". India failed Tendulkar when they could not get past the final hurdle, losing by three runs.