Legendary Australian batsman and former captain Steve Waugh has compared Virat Kohli to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara.Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world across formats and is ranked No.1 in both Test and one day internationals. His next assignment will be in Australia where he enjoys a terrific record. In 8 Tests over three visits Down Under, Kohli has scored 992 runs including 5 centuries and 2 fifties.Four of his five hundreds came in four Tests during India’s previous tour of Australia in 2014-15 when he was handed the captaincy for the first time.Kohli will be walking out in Adelaide for the first Test, with vengeance on his mind, having lost the last Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the 2014-15 series.Read – Australia brace for a summer of battle against Virat KohliAlso, his last outing against the Aussies was a disaster as he managed to score only 46 runs from three Test with a highest score of 15 when Australia visited India in 2017.Kohli thrives under pressure and that was evident when he overcame the 2014 England horror show with a performance of his life this year by scoring 593 runs from five matches.”He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is a bit like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen,” Steve Waugh told ESPNCricinfo.”Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added.advertisementWaugh is also “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Kohli is better than some of the sides that he played against during his days as claimed by India coach Ravi Shastri.Waugh spoke in reference to Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”.”Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh said.Also read – India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tourThe former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat in their own den.”Australia will be hard to beat in Australia. We have a bowling attack as good as any team in world cricket and we can take wickets. It’s our batting if we score 350 runs in first innings, I think we will be very hard to beat. And someone will always come and do well and that’s the nature of the sport.”I am still pretty confident that we can win in Australia but it’s going to be a close series though,” Waugh said about the Test series starting December 6.Also Read – Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneIndia’s tour of Australia starts with a three-match Twenty20 International series from November 21. The two cricketing giants will then face-off in a four-match Test series in December and January. They will also play a three-match one day international series in January.Also Watch:
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