Warner lauds talismanic Kohli and Smith
- If India's tour of Australia goes ahead it will pit together the world's best two Test batsmen in Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are talismanic figures who set the tone for their respective international sides, according to David Warner.
Australia's Smith and India's Kohli are two of the finest batsmen of their generation, occupying first and second spot respectively in the current Test rankings.
The duo are set to meet if India's tour of Australia – scheduled to begin in October – goes ahead, although significant doubt remains as the coronavirus pandemic continues to pose a threat.
If it should go ahead, Warner expects to see great things from the two leading men, who he says act as figureheads for their sides.
"When it comes to cricket, they both have got the mental strength, the mental capacity to score runs," Warner told Cricbuzz.
"They stabilise, they boost morale – if they score runs, everyone else's morale is up. If they are out cheaply, you almost sense that on the field that everyone is … [down on morale and thinking] now we all have to step up. It's a very bizarre situation.
"They both love spending time in the middle. Virat's passion and drive to score runs is different to what Steve's would be.
"Steve is going out there for a hit in the middle, that's how he sees things. He's hitting them out in the middle, he's having fun, he's enjoying himself, just does not want to get out.
"Virat, obviously, doesn't want to get out, but he knows if he spends a certain amount of time out there, he's going to score plenty of runs at a rapid rate.
"He's going to get on top of you. That allows the guys coming in [to play their own game], especially in the Indian team you've got a lot of players who can be flamboyant as well."