Virat Kohli Has Elements of Ricky Ponting And Myself In His Captaincy: Steve Waugh

Updated: 24 March 2017 12:27 IST

Virat Kohli took over as India captain from his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Virat Kohli Has Elements of Ricky Ponting And Myself In His Captaincy: Steve Waugh
India captain Virat Kohli recently won the Polly Umrigar Award for the third time. © BCCI

Legendary Australian skipper Steve Waugh has said that he sees parts of himself and Ricky Ponting in India captain Virat Kohli. Waugh on Thursday hailed Kohli's leadership, saying he sees elements of himself and his successor Ponting in the Indian's leadership. "There's probably elements of Ricky and myself in his captaincy, but having said that he's his own man," Waugh said. The cricketing great applauded Kohli, who has been at the receiving end of constant verbal attacks from the visiting Australian team and media in the ongoing four-Test series, for his ability to make his side play as a unit.

"He's obviously a very aggressive captain, he encourages a lot of talk amongst his troops and he's got positive body language. And they're all the traits that I liked in my sides," Waugh was quoted as saying by 'cricket.com.au'.

"I always believed the way you carry yourself is important, that you give off positive vibes to each other and the opposition sort of sense that 'this is a team that's really together'. Virat Kohli certainly does that. His players play for him, which is a great sign for a captain.

"Ricky Ponting was a similar type of player; he'd roll his sleeves up, get stuck in, he'd go into bat pad if he needed to and led by example. And Virat Kohli certainly does that," he added.

 

 

 

 

Though he is only in the early stages of captaincy, Kohli has already enjoying an impressive record and Waugh labelled his combative style as "the new face of India".

"He's the new face of India, he can get in your face, he's aggressive, he's positive, and he leads in a certain way so the other guys know how he wants the team to play.

"(But also) I'm glad he's got a bit of me in his captaincy," said Waugh.

(With inputs from PTI)

Topics : India Australia Virat Kohli Steve Waugh Ricky Ponting Australia Tour of India, 2017 Cricket
Highlights
  • Virat Kohli recently received the Polly Umrigar Award
  • He is the captain of the Indian cricket team
  • Kohli got injured in the third Test in Ranchi
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