Smith not concerned by 'differences' with Kohli

Ahead of the five match ODI series, Australia skipper Steve Smith says the Aussies are going to do everything they can to keep the Indian captain, Virat Kohli quiet.

Though things cooled down over the months, Smith, time and again, has made it clear that his side would be hoping to keep the Indian captain quiet.   -  AFP

Looks like, Virat Kohli and Steven Smith are more friends than foes!

Every time they are asked about each other’s feats, both of them make sure they have entertaining answers. Most of it make headlines for their worth, a few don’t. But both Kohli and Smith make sure they keep each other under ‘pressure’, at least through words.

Saturday morning was no exception.

As the Australia skipper addressed the media ahead of its series opening game, he was asked a sugar coated question —“Is Virat widening the gap with you with regular centuries?”

Smith smiled, looked around, and then was quick enough to shoot back. “I am not sure,” he said. In a few moments, he was busy explaining further. “I think India play a lot more ODI cricket than we have. I don’t know how many matches they have played, but (trust me) I am not worried about personal accolades or anything like that. The Indian team has very good batsmen,” the Aussie skipper went on at one breath.

The last time Australia toured India in February-March this year, tempers had flown, with both the sides crossing the line. Virat went on claiming that he was no longer friends with Aussies after what they did.

Though things cooled down over the months, Smith, time and again, has made it clear that his side would be hoping to keep the Indian captain quiet.

“I’m not too concerned about my differences with Virat (both personal records and batting styles in ODIs). He is obviously going to be dangerous. Hopefully we can keep him quiet as much as possible. If we do that, then hopefully that can help us go a long way in having some success on this tour,” Smith had said on his arrival in Chennai last week.

And echoing a similar statement ahead of the opening encounter, the 28-year-old Aussie has once again done what he loves — keeping his Indian ‘friend’ under pressure.