Kohli and Smith's relationship will improve in IPL, says Michael Clarke

Written by: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, April 13: Michael Clarke, the former Australian batsman and captain believes that there will be no bitter relationship between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli in future. [Kohli made 'friendship' comment in heat of moment: Warne]

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The former Australian skipper along with former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was in Kolkata on Wednesday (April 12) to attend a function at a city school. Clarke will also be present for the IPL 2017 game between KKR Vs KXIP on Thursday (April 13) at the Eden Gardens. [Friendship with Australians has changed]

File photo: Michael Clarke (left) with Virat Kohli

The former skipper was asked about the recent controversy that stormed the cricket world during India-Australia Test series, especially between the captains, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

Clarke opined: “I do not feel it went into the deep. Otherwise, match-referee and ICC would have been more pro-active on the issue and tried to intervene with seriousness.

"Yes, it happened on the field and did not extend much. That is why I believe in near future there will be no controversy when these two teams will meet again.

"Even, the relationship which turned sour between Kohli and Smith will regain its sweetness during the ongoing IPL as both the cricketers are playing in the League.”

When asked about Australian media’s vigorous attack on Virat Kohli’s attitude during the series, Clarke said: “It will also not be there. All the exchange of heated words and bitterness between the two countries took place out of temporary excitement and it will wipe up with the game ending on the field.”

Commenting on the prospect of the T20 format of the game, Clarke said: “I sometimes get thrilled to have watched that the cricketers, who are superseding others in the Test cricket and in the 50 overs limited cricket, are also the best performers in the shorter version of the game.

"I have three names for example. They are Kohlii, Smith and AB De Villers. So how can I deny T-20 format?

"This apart, I have watched a lot of cricketers in the last ten years since IPL began, who have come up with a lot of promise and talent. So, ultimately IPL is contributing in some way.”

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