There is enough time for Ashwin to get back into the team because the World Cup is still two years away. Coming to Kohli and Smith, they are modern day greats.
When Australia toured India for a Test series early this year, the Bangalore match got mired in a controversy as Smith admitted to looking towards their dressing room for assistance on a DRS call and described it a "brain fade" moment. "I don't see any weak link in this Indian team", he said. "The selection panel must have communicated the decision to rest them", Laxman said. The two top order batsman is arguably the best in the world and brings a whole lot of experience to the table. "But when I saw Steve Smith in the Test series, I felt he was not as pro-active as he should be". "Virat the way he used the spinners and some senior bowlers in Sri Lanka was very impressive", he said. "He is exciting and is fulfilling the role of a finisher".
Asked to take a guess on the scoreline, Laxman said: "4-1 to India because the Australian bowling department looks very weak. He just needs to be a bit more consistent with the bowling", he said. The spinners are inexperienced and that is where the Indians will have an upper hand.
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Kohli became the fastest batsman in the history of the game to reach 30 ODI centuries, after only 194 matches, with the India skipper averaging more than 55 runs per innings.
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"And I think when you are playing worldwide cricket it's not necessary to be friendly on field". The likes of Smith, David Warner, the support staff; they've got to work towards finding what is the right technique and style for these players.