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Former Australian captain Steve Waugh has said that Virat Kohli will be an important player for India’s success in the on going World T20. India lost their first match against New Zealand by 47 runs at Nagpur.
“The greatest T20 batsman right now is Virat Kohli. He has an average of over 50 and an amazing strike rate. I see a bit of Tendulkar in him everytime he walks in to bat,” Waugh toldSports Today.
“Kohli is a lot like an Australian player. He loves playing against Australia and loves the aggressive Australian crowds. Kohli is the ultimate cricketer but the only question for him is if he can keep his cool under pressure,” the 50-year-old said.
“If you ask Indian players if they mind playing playing on a turning, they would not mind, because they are used to that. I don’t think that is an excuse. Maybe they were caught out by the quality of the New Zealand bowling the other night. Maybe they were a little complacent. Having said that, they have not beaten New Zealand in a T20 game,” Waugh said.
India now Pakistan in their next match which is a must win game for India. Kohli has to score runs which will give the Indian team confidence. The Indian team was bundled out for 79 while chasing 127.
“Maybe it was one of those days where everything goes awry, nothing goes right. They need to move on and focus on the next game,” he added.