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Steve Waugh holds Virat Kohli in high regard

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Steve Waugh holds Virat Kohli in high regard


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10 Aug 2018, 12:08 IST

England v India: Specsavers 1st Test - Day Five
England v India: Specsavers 1st Test – Day Five

India’s glorified batsman and their present skipper, Virat Kohli has surged previous Australia’s Steve Smith to sit down atop the batsman’s scores in Test Cricket.

After the little-master Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli is the one Indian batsman to have accomplished this prestigious milestone. Following his outstanding display at Edgbaston, he dethroned his Australian counterpart, Smith, who has been the reigning No.1 Test batsman for greater than 24 consecutive months.

As a end result, the Indian celebrity has drawn a large number of reward from cricketing professionals and previous legends from world wide, although, no more than the only from any other Australian legend, Steve Waugh.

But even ahead of Kohli become the best batsman around the structure, Waugh had felt that the batsman’s flawless methodology and gallant method in opposition to the sport makes him the most efficient in the industry.

Waugh could not lend a hand however evaluate the 29-year outdated with legends like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Javed Miandad and Vivian Richards and believes that since AB de Villiers’s retirement, Kohli has develop into an unrivalled No.1 batsman:

“Kohli has got the game to survive anywhere, I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket … Kohli really is the premier batsman in world cricket.” Waugh mentioned whilst chatting with cricket.com.au in a up to date interview. “And he likes the big occasion. Like Lara and Tendulkar and (Viv) Richards and Javed Miandad, and all the great batsmen, they want the big occasion and that brings out the best in their cricket.”

On a large instance at Edgbaston, Kohli did placed on an absolute display. With a belligerent 149 in the primary innings adopted by way of a half-century in the second one, Kohli no longer handiest defied his demons from the previous but in addition single-handedly took India in point of fact as regards to an unusual triumph.

Waugh lauds the Indian skipper’s aggressive nature that in point of fact distinguishes him from different Cricket leaders across the world area. But the mythical Australian skipper additionally feels that this over-competitiveness may also be his weakling, too.

Pointing out to the 2017 Australian excursion to the Indian soils the place Kohli had a depressing run, Waugh feels that there are specific sides to his recreation that may be milked upon. In that exact excursion, Kohli may just handiest set up a depressing 46 runs in 5 innings while his opponent skipper Steve Smith, racked up a staggering 499 runs in the four-match collection.

“He’ll be putting a bit of pressure on himself, this (a series win in Australia) will be the feather in the cap if he can pull this off. Steve Smith had an incredible series (in India last year) and made three centuries and scored about 500 runs, and Virat hardly scored a run. So that would have been deflating for him, and he will look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia,” added Waugh.

The former Australian believes Australia’s assault is “as good as anyone’s” and Kohli would wish to be in his greatest contact to each pile-up runs and pull off victories down-under. For Waugh, placing runs at the board and because of this squeezing this Indian batting line-up below the pump is the important thing.

“I think the best way to control him is for our guys to play really positive cricket, to concentrate on executing the team plans and to score 300-plus runs in our first innings so we can put pressure on their batting line-up,” the 53-year-old added.

“He (Kohli) will have to be on his game and particularly if he’s chasing some big scores that Australia have put on the board. That will put pressure on his batting. I think the only thing Australia can do is really control how well we’re playing. If we play really good cricket, then it’s a bit like the last series in India where Steve Smith totally dominated him.”

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