However, VVS Laxman, who was also present here on Tuesday during a panel discussion organised by broadcasters Star Sports, had no doubt in his mind who was the better among the two when it came to leading their team.
"In terms of captaincy, both are equal and they are improving".
Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa. The Australian fans expect Australia to be at the top of the tree, to be No. 1 in the world, and if we can beat India, I think 4-1, and then we will get there. The players need to identify their roles during this India series. Most of the players have played in the IPL and T20 World Cup here.
However, Laxman thinks "resting" players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvraj Singh does not mean the end of the road for the seniors but it just explains the competency of India's bench strength and the strong structure of domestic cricket in India.
"They are not only two modern-day captains but two modern-day greats".
The fall from grace stung Faulkner, who had been considered among the nation's best white-ball cricketers after being crowned player of the 2015 World Cup final. "Virat Kohli is a better limited over batsman, only just than Steve Smith". After this, the BCCI will go on to host Australia and New Zealand for a limited-overs series and Sri Lanka (again) for a full-fledged series before the team departs for South Africa for four Tests, five ODIs and three T20Is, slated to start in January 2018. "I put that aside and worked as hard I could", he added.
Where there is talent, there will be comparison. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen in the world, across all three formats of the game.
"Kohli is an aggressive skipper who is not afraid to lose. I'm happy now", he said. And at the moment, Kohli's team is winning.
Laxman also praised all-rounder Hardik Pandya, saying that he is performing well as a finisher. "In any team the change in format brings in different faces". India is India. It is as unfair as comparing Kohli to Brian Lara or Don Bradman. For Clarke, the key to success for both teams would be to keep the respective top three batsmen in check.
India captain Virat Kohli is a superior one-day global batsman to Australia counterpart Steve Smith, according to former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke.