Clarke saw a "carrot right there" for the Australians, who will topple South Africa from top spot in the ODI table if they beat India 4-1. "In such a short span of time the impact these two players have had on global cricket is just unbelievable", said Laxman, who made a match-winning 281 against Australia in the epic 2001 Kolkata Test.
Kohli is in red-hot form as he was the highest run getter in the five-match series against Sri Lanka with a tally of 330 runs, which included two centuries and a fifty.
"No doubt, this is the No 1 rivalry", Laxman said.
Clarke was asked about whether this side, led by Smith, is the weakest to tour India, considering they did not even qualify for the Champions Trophy semifinal. "Also it doesn't mean that Ashwin and Jadeja have been dropped", Laxman tried to explain his viewpoint. "Smith wasn't very proactive during the Test series".
In fact, many cricket pundits across the world believe that, over the years, Ashes series has produced some of the greatest Test matches in the history of the game.
Laxman was delighted by the progress of Hardik Pandya. He is exciting and is fulfilling the role of a finisher to the tee.
Kohli had accused Smith of "cheating" but the visiting captain promised there won't be any controversy this time.
Speaking to the media, Clarke said, "In limited-overs cricket, I think Virat is ahead of Steve, but just by that much".
"As leaders, I think it's very even at this stage of their careers".
BCCI took on Twitter to post the list of 16 Indian players for 5 matches ODI series between the two teams that will start on September 17. "Smith needs to find a way to crack that momentum early on in the series and needs to find a way for Australia to pick it again". "I think it's time for the Australian team to really decide how they want to approach 2019 World Cup". He has got some experience playing in the IPL. "The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested", said MSK Prasad, chairman of the senior selection committee.