Australia star batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to India’s tour of Australia, saying he can’t wait to play in the much-anticipated series which will be ‘incredibly special’. Smith also praised Virat Kohli’s leadership and spoke about his off-field equation with the Indian captain. Both Kohli and Smith are the mainstays of their respective side’s batting line-up and fans love to see them go against each other.Also Read - Kapil Dev Requests Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly to Put Country Before Anything Else, Urges Them to Resolve the Issue

The 31-year-old Smith also spoke in detail about his friendship with India skipper, describing him a ‘terrific guy’. “I had few conversations with him (Virat) off the field, few messages here and there in recent times just to see how things are going in India. He is a terrific guy and we both play hard out on the field and play as well for our respective teams and its part of the game,” Smith said on Star Sports’ show – ‘Cricket Connected’. Also Read - EXCLUSIVE: Mohammed Shami Slams Virat Kohli's Critics, Echoes Ravi Shastri's Words On Players Being Judged Based on Centuries | India Cricket Team News

During last year’s ODI World Cup, Kohli had asked the Indian fans at the Oval to applaud Smith and not boo him, a gesture which earned the Indian captain the prestigious ICC Spirit of Cricket award. Also Read - India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma Back As Captain, Ravi Bishnoi Earns Maiden Call Up For ODI and T20 Series

Recalling the incident, Smith said he appreciated Kohli’s gesture. “Virat’s gesture in the World Cup to the Indian fans that were giving me (Smith) and David Warner little bit of a stick, I appreciated that and I share that with him straight up,” he said.

“He is a terrific guy and the way he has led the Indian team has been amazing.”

Smith and Warner faced the wrath of fans worldwide for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018. The duo were banned for one year by Cricket Australia for the incident.

India will tour Australia for three ODIs, four Tests and three T20Is between October this year and January, 2021.

“They are an amazing side and can’t wait to play them when they come out to Australia this year, will be something incredibly special,” Smith further added.

India’s tour will begin with a T20 International match on October 11 at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide).

The four-match Test series begins on December 3 at Brisbane. India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).

The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth, followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney).

Cricket Connected airs every Saturday & Sunday on the Star Sports network at 7PM.