Football has Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, cricket has Virat Kohli and Steven Smith. Arguably the world's best two batsmen at present. However, when the Australian skipper was asked to pick his dream team, his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli found no place. Despite Kohli being the stand out performer for India against the Aussies over the years, the 28-year-old instead opted for spinner Harbhajan Singh and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar as the two Indians in his dream team.
Smith further denied any animosity between the two players and believes Kohli has helped improve the Indian team a lot. "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. Since Virat has come, the fitness of the team has improved a lot,” Smith said ahead of his 100th ODI at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Steve Smith may have played the ‘no animosity’ card but cricket fans around the world know that both star cricketers are not friends. Having said that, the Aussies also know that Harbanjan is a sore topic down under.
Smith also named spin king Shane Warne and batting legend Sir Donald Bradman in his all-time Test side while in ODIs he would take Mitchell Johnson and Mike Hussey. Further talking about the India-Australia rivalry, Smith said one of his aims is to win a Test series in India.India take on the Aussies in the second One Day International of the five-match series. India is currently leading the series 1-0.