Ind vs Aus – Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith : The India tour of Australia is arguably one of the most competitive international sporting events. Within this, there are many mini-battles between players which take place. One of the most talked-about battle is Virat Kohli vs Steve Smith.
The pair is part of current generations ‘Fab Four’ which also include New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and England’s Test captain Joe Root. But the Kohli versus Smith rivalry is what defines this era.
This big battle is boiling and will ensue on Friday when Australia plays India in Sydney for the first ODI. The last time they met in an international fixture was when Australia came to India in January for a three-match ODI series.
However, both Smith and Kohli had locked horns on multiple occasions in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Ind vs Aus: Why are the two players so important for their respective sides?
Kohli and Smith bring a lot on the table beside their batting prowess. The pair possess very distinctive leadership quality from each other. While, Kohli brings that attacking style to his team, Smith, likes a rather balanced approach to a game.
Moreover, the Indian skipper likes to go with pace no matter the condition which comes from his aggressive approach to a game. Smith, who is no more the Australian captain but is always around to discuss key decisions, likes to adapt to the conditions. This style is evident in their respective batting too.
Ind vs Aus: How did Kohli and Smith perform in IPL?
In IPL, Smith captained Rajasthan Royals (RR), while, Kohli was the leader for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Talking about the Aussie, he had a mixed 13th season. He started with a bang, scoring two consecutive fifties in the first two games for RR.
However, due to instability in the team’s batting order, his form eventually dipped. The 31-year-old eventually picked up the rhythm at the end of the league stage. In 14 games he scored 311 runs.
Kohli, on the other hand, struggled to hit the ball in the first three games. However, from the fourth game, which was against Smith’s RR, he scored an impressive 72 to help RCB clinch victory. His excellent form propelled RCB to the play-offs. Kohli, 32, amassed 466 runs in 15 games.
Ind vs Aus: How was Kohli and Smith performance in their last international encounter?
Both the players were in great form before the entire sporting world came to halt due to the pandemic. In their last encounter, both the players were amongst the top scorers for their respective sides. While, Kohli had amassed 183 in three innings, Smith scored 229 in just two games.
Besides, the rivalry between the 22 yards, both Kohli and Smith are up against each other in the ICC Player of the Decade award.
The pair holds key to their teams’ success, and both India and Australia will be hoping that Kohli and Smith draw inspiration from their past performances for the upcoming game.