Waugh hails Kohli influence

02 March 2021 03:29:54 GMTPlus10

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has hailed the influence Virat Kohli continues to have on Indian cricket.

The 32-year-old skippered his country through the age groups before making his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2008 and making his T20 bow two years later.

Kohli then stepped up to the Test side in 2011, eventually succeeding MS Dhoni as captain in the longest form of the game in 2014, before taking on the same responsibility in limited-overs three years later.

What they love about Kohli is that it's like the new attitude of India, get stuck in, don't be intimidated.

Steve Waugh

Despite the onus being placed on him, he has remained in the upper echelons of the ICC's batting rankings and has transcended the sport with his swashbuckling approach to life both on and off the field.

The right-handed batsmen is currently embroiled in a Test series with England, India holding a 2-1 advantage heading into the final Test in Ahmedabad, which begins on Thursday.

Speaking in a documentary on discovery+, Waugh praised how Kohli's personality has helped the team believe in themselves, namely twice winning Test series Down Under.

The Baggy Green legend says he could not envisage that occurring during his own playing days but that Kohli's confidence has had a transformative effect on his country's outlook both on and off the field.

"What they love about Kohli is that it's like the new attitude of India, get stuck in, don't be intimidated," he said.

"Take everything on and anything is achievable and possible. But he's like the modern-day hero."

India are 1.53 to win the final Test, with England 3.75 and the draw 7.50.

Kohli is 7.50 to be named Player of the Match.

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