India are slated to tour Australia later this month. India have had a brilliant run under Virat Kohli against the Aussies the last time they visited the country.
The India-Australia encounters have always been aggressive ones with sledging certainly being one of the aspects. But former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that the present India skipper Kohli won’t be worried about the sledging.
“Sledging is not going to worry Virat Kohli, it doesn’t work against the great players and you’re better off leaving those guys alone,” Waugh told SNTV in an interview on Thursday. “I think any extra motivation will make them dig in more and get more runs. So you’re better off not saying much to him.”
Praising Kohli, Waugh went on to say that the Indian batsman is a world class player and would look to score as many runs as he can.
“He (Kohli) is a world class player, he would wanna be the batsman of the series. Last time, he and Smith came up against each other in India, Smith really dominated with three hundreds and Kohli didn’t get many. That would be at the back of his mind that last time he was outscored by Steve Smith,” Waugh said.
“So, he will want to score lot of runs and if he does, India will have a great chance of winning,” he added.
Waugh further said that Kohli has matured. “He has definitely matured, he was always excitable on the field, may be a little not in control. But now he is totally in control and he has got the team playing in his mode…He wants India to prove themselves away from home to justify the number one ranking. He has taken them to a level that may be they didn’t get to before,” Waugh said.