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There's probably elements of Ricky Ponting and myself in Kohli's captaincy: Steve Waugh

Virat Kohli is the new face of India says Steve Waugh

By Rashmi Nanda -


Former Australian captain Steve Waugh heaped praise on Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his upbeat leadership character. Waugh also said that he sees a bit of Ricky Ponting and himself in the way the 28-year-old dashing batsman goes about his business on the field. Waugh also calling him the "new face of India".

On Thursday, Waugh was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au, “There's probably elements of Ricky (Ponting) and myself in his captaincy, but having said that he's his own man. 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.”

Former Aussie skipper Waugh is the most successful captain in Test history with a winning percentage of 71.92. Waugh is also impressed with Kohli's body language and the way he encourages his team-mates.

The legendary Test skipper added, “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.”

Now, Waugh is going to compare Kohli's on-field behaviour to legendary Australian captain Rickey Ponting, “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.”