Steve Waugh: Elements of Ricky and myself in Kohli's captaincy

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Steve Waugh: Elements of Ricky and myself in Kohli's captaincy

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Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh said he can see a lot of himself and his successor Ricky Ponting in Virat Kohli’s captaincy. Waugh, a very successful leader in his time, also described Kohli as "his own man" and his approach to leadership as "the new face of India".

Kohli has been a successful skipper, and among those to have captained their country in 25 Tests or more, Kohli stands alongside Waugh and Ponting as the three most successful captains in the game's history.

However, Kohli is yet to lead the country to a World Cup triumph like Ponting and Waugh achieved in 1999 and 2003 respectively. Waugh sees shades of himself and Ponting in Kohli’s captaincy.

"He's obviously a very aggressive captain, he encourages a lot of talk amongst his troops and he's got positive body language," Waugh said in a live chat on his Facebook page. 

"And they're all the traits that I liked in my sides. 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.

"There's probably elements of Ricky and myself in his captaincy, but having said that he's his own man."

Kohli has been criticised by several former Australian players and the media for his aggression in the ongoing Test series but Waugh threw his weight behind Kohli.

"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."

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