India’s captain – Virat Kohli is in sensational form, and his knock of 149 and 51 in the first Test against England was enough to dethrone suspended Aussie batsman – Steve Smith for the number one spot In the ICC rankings. Virat became the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat after the great Sachin Tendulkar. As a result of his red hot form, one of Ausrtalia’s most successful captain Steve Waugh spoke about Kohli’s brilliance with the bat and compared him to legends of the game.
"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 said while talking to cricket.com.au in a recent 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."
Waugh also spoke about how Virat will be looking to redeem himself against the Aussies, against the last series which happened in India in 2017, where the Indian skipper could only manage 46 runs in 5 innings before getting sidelined due to a shoulder injury, while Steve Smith had a fantastic outing as he scored 499 runs with three centuries to his name.
"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.
Waugh believes the Aussie bowling lineup has it in them to throw a challenge to the India’s star batsman.
"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," concurred Waugh.