Steve Waugh on Virat Kohli: Former Australia captain believes the India captain will bat in this series to level things up.
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh believes that India captain Virat Kohli will be looking to level things up in the imminent Test series against Australia. Waugh’s mention dates back to Australia’s tour of India last year when Kohli went through a rare patch.
In the three Test matches which Kohli played in that series, he scored 46 runs at an average of 9.20 and a strike rate of 44.23. On the other hand, Kohli’s counterpart Steven Smith had ended the series as its highest run-scorer, scoring 499 runs in four matches at an average of 71.28 and a strike rate of 49.21.
Waugh believes that Smith outnumbering Kohli in that series is one of the reasons why Kohli is showing signs of dominating the Australian bowling line-up. However, it is one aspect which Waugh felt will add unnecessary pressure on the Indian captain.
“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,” Waugh was quoted as saying to cricket.com.au.
“The last series in India where Steve Smith totally dominated him … Smith had this incredible series and scored about 500  runs, and Virat hardly scored a run. So, that would have been deflating for him, and he’ll look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia,” Waugh said.
Before signing off, Waugh threw accolades on Kohli, saying that the way Indian players follow their captain in a big positive for both Kohli and the team.
“He leads the way, and the other players follow him. They want to battle for him, they want to play for him as a captain. That’s a big thing to have as a captain – the guys are playing for you, and playing for the country. He’s a really strong leader and he’ll be tough to hold back in this series,” Waugh concluded.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on Kohli below:
India have announced their 12 for the first #AUSvIND Test!
Kohli (c), Rahane, Rahul, Vijay, Pujara, Rohit, Vihari, Pant, Ashwin, Shami, Ishant, Bumrah.
Who will be the one to miss out? pic.twitter.com/edElklldN9
— ICC (@ICC) December 5, 2018
— Sportsbet.com.au (@sportsbetcomau) December 5, 2018
— CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) December 5, 2018
Virat Kohli needs 393 runs from first 3 Tests of the #AusvInd series to break Kumar Sangakkara’s record of most International runs in a calendar year (2868).
Kohli currently has 2476 runs in 2018 across the three formats.
Can he do it?
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 5, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 5, 2018