Virat Kohli is no doubt one of the greatest of his times. Steve Smith to falls in the category of the best in the era. They both are a part of the fantastic four along with Kane Williamson and Joe Root.
They all breathe close in a number of centuries and also rankings. With 20 centuries, the Australian skipper leads his Indian counterpart by 3 centuries. But in ODIs Kohli is far ahead of Smith. With second in the list of most centuries in ODIs, Kohli has 30 centuries in 194 matches played. Smith has 8 to his name in just 98 matches played which is far less.
But Smith has a different explanation for it. According to him, India plays a lot number of ODIs than Australia and that might be the reason for such a gap.
“I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we do. I’m not sure how many games Virat has played. He is a very good player,” Smith said when asked about the ratio ahead of the five-match series.
At the same time, Smith said that personal milestones do not bother him.
“I am not worried about personal accolades. I am here to try and win a series. The Indian team has a very good top seven and all guys are capable of scoring big runs. Our bowlers have to be on the top of their game to keep them quiet this series,” the Aussie skipper added.
All the teams are trying to prepare for the upcoming 2019 World Cup in England and speaking of that Smith said,“We have about 30 ODI games before the World Cup. For us, it is about trying to find the right group of players to fill all slots. Conditions are obviously slightly different to what they will be in England. But I think it is a good opportunity to put their names up there and hopefully win some games for Australia.”