World-Cup winning Australian captain, Steve Waugh, having tracked the recent Indo-South African series, claimed that Virat Kohli mist tone down his aggression on the field. Comparing the Indian captain to Steve Smith, Waugh suggested that the latter appears more level-headed and in control of his emotion.
Waugh used adjectives such as ‘over the top’ to describe his conduct on the field. In the recent series, Kohli gave aggressive send-offs to Protean batsmen and engaged in verbal duels with the hosts frequently.
The former Australian captain suggested that Captain Kohli is still on a learning curve and gradually will mellow down, controlling his excitement.
On comparison between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli
“They both are very aggressive captains. Smith is a lot more controlled in his emotions. Having said that, he gets wound up as well at times. I have seen Smith and Kohli clashing at times on the field,” opined Waugh when asked about the difference between styles of captaincies of Smith and Kohli.
The two heavyweights of International cricket are all set to lock horns yet again later this year for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India currently is the holder of the coveted memento.
“In a lot of ways, there are pretty similar. They are passionate, they lead from the front, they want to score most runs, they want to be the man of the match and they want to be in the centre of attention, which is great,” said the New South Welshman
Last time around in 2017, Steve Smith was the pick of the batsmen from both sides, as Smith amassed most number of runs in the subcontinental conditions of India.
“I think Virat will be very keen to have better series this time around because Smith dominated him the last time in India although India won the series,” concluded Steve Waugh.