Veteran Steve Waugh praises Virat Kohli for his character

Steve Waugh praises Virat Kohli for his character

Steven Waugh | Australia vs India 2018 |
Steve Waugh. Credit: CA.

While shedding light on the Team India skipper, the former Australian skipper Steve Waugh believes Virat Kohli was emotionally involved too much on the South African tour.

However, Waugh has great regard for the modern-day star.

While talking to the newswire Press Trust of India (PTI) on the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards 2018, Waugh reiterated Kohli must fine tune.

“At times he probably needs to tone his aggression down and at times he needs to lift it, so he needs to work it out what’s right,” Waugh said.

Steven Waugh, Virat Kohli, India, Australia,
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI.

The veteran cricketer Waugh believes Kohli has done the bulk of a job for his national side while hinting the latter must keep his emotions in check.

“I think he just needs to get a bit aware that everyone in the side can’t play in that fashion,” Waugh further said.

Following the historic win in South Africa in the limited-overs series, Kohli has expressed to bring more to the cabinet shortly. But Waugh feels the former has a lot to do as a leader.

“I have seen him in South Africa and I feel that he was little over the top. But that’s a learning thing for a captain,” Waugh stated.

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On the other side, Waugh maintained the balance in the team has a crucial role to play owing to the success.

“He (Kohli) is leading very well right now. He has that charisma and that X-factor and so he wants all the rest of the team to follow him,” Waugh lauds Kohli.

After being beaten 2-1 in the Test series, India staged a strong comeback to seal ODI series 5-1 and T20I series 2-1 respectively.

Pertinently, the 29-year-old Kohli, who wore heart on his sleeve, has been enjoying his red-hot form with the bat.

“As a captain, he (Kohli) is still developing and needs some time to pull in his excitement factor and emotions but that’s the way he plays,” Waugh asserted.

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Virat Kohli led the team from the front. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Kohli smashed four tons on the South African soil during the bilateral series. The Delhi-based batsman smashed three centuries in the six-match ODI series.

Batting mainstay, Kohli, who became the first batter to go past the 500-run mark in a bilateral ODI series finished it while amassing 558 runs.

While reflecting on India’s Australia tour, Waugh stated the world-ranked No.1 Test side would give their best in the series Down Under.

“India are a very confident young side and they are playing with great confidence and passion that their captain believes in. They believe they can win in Australia no doubt,” Steve Waugh concludes while saying pitches could be helpful for India.

Waugh remarked the spinners could come into action in Australia.

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