Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former Australian captain Steve Smith, two of the world’s most prolific batsmen who are playing the game currently, have lately developed a very special bond, especially since the comeback of the latter to the international arena last year.
India’s captain Virat Kohli might be in Australia for one Test only, but don’t expect him to come and go in a fireball of combativeness and controversy. The 32-year-old, ranked second among Test batters in the world behind Australia’s Steve Smith, believes the days of acrimony and enmity that reached its nadir after a heated series in India in 2017 are largely consigned to the past.
It was after the final Test of that 2017 tour, which India won 2-1 but Kohli ended with an injury to nurse and an axe to grind, that he claimed friendships with some Australia players he had initially felt transcended cricket had been damaged irrevocably.
But the world witnessed the relationship strengthen after an angry Kohli asked Indian fans to clap for Smith during a World Cup match between India and Australia when the Australian batsman was being booed by some in the stands over an incident that happened a year earlier and for which the cricketer had already served a ban.
With Team India in Australia for a Test series, Aussie media has given a new name to the bromance between Kohli and Smith, who recently appeared together interviewing each other for Cricket Australia. The Australian media is calling the bromance between Kohli and Smith – “Smohli”. The term has definitely struck a chord with netizens, who have flooded social media with hilarious memes and jokes.
The opening match between India and Australia is in progress at Adelaide Oval. India tour of Australia 2020-21 featuring three ODIs, three T20Is, and four Tests. With both the teams having won ODI and T20I series each and the four-match Border-Gavaskar Test series will kick-start from today onwards. During the match, the Australian expert commentators emerge with Indian skipper Virat Kohli and ex-Oz captain Steven Smith stating ”Smohli – Cricket’s New Bromance.”
According to the latest sources, the Australian media came up with a bromance between the two modern-day greats Kohli-Smith during live commentary in English on Sony Pictures Sports Network. However, Kohli will leave Team India after the first Test due to paternity leave which has been approved by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) in principle.
Kohli and Smith recently interviewed each other for Cricket Australia, where they got nostalgic with questions ranging from U-19 Cricket World Cup, where they played together, to their favourite knocks in the international cricket as of now. The world no. 1 and world no. 2 Test batsmen also talked about the downs in their career and how they changed themselves to bounce back strongly.
While it’s been a strange year but cricket fans are fortunate that it’s going to end on a good note as some the India-Australia series promises some high-quality action over the next few weeks.