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Steve Waugh has termed Virat Kohli as the premier batsman of the current era and reckoned that the he will look to settle some score when India tour Australia later this year.

The former Australia captain was referring to Australia’s tour of India in January 2017 when Kohli managed a grand total of 46 runs across five innings, averaging of 9.20. However, his counterpart Steve Smith had a memorable four-Test series, amassing 499 runs at 71.29. India did went on to win the series 2-1 but the Australian team managed to keep in-form Kohli quiet.

Now Waugh is expecting the 29-year-old to come harder at the Aussies in December and when he leads India in the four-Test series with an aim to become the first from his country to win a series Down Under.

“He’ll be putting a bit of pressure on himself, this (series win in Australia) will be the feather in the cap if he can pull this off,” Waugh told cricket.com.au. “Steve Smith had an incredible series (in India in 2017) and made three centuries and scored about 500 runs, and Virat hardly scored a run. So that would have been deflating for him, and he will look to square the ledger when he comes back to Australia.”

The last time Kohli was on Australian shores, he was handed the team’s rein after MS Dhoni announced his Test retirement following the third Test. Kohli led India in the fourth and final Test at Adelaide as India drew the final two games to lose 0-2.

Kohli was the India’s top run-getter in the series scoring 692 runs with four hundreds and a fifty, averaging 86.50.

Waugh said the best way to control for the hosts to control Kohli is to be positive and execute team plans. “I think the best way to control him is for our guys to play really positive cricket, to concentrate on executing the team plans and to score 300-plus runs in our first innings so we can put pressure on their batting line-up,” he said.

He hopes the current Australian bowling attack to come good and provided Australia put big totals on board, Kohli will be under some pressure. “Our attack is as good as anyone’s and, in our conditions, he’ll have to be on his game and particularly if he’s chasing some big scores that Australia have put on the board. That will put pressure on his (Kohli) batting. I think the only thing Australia can do is really control how well we’re playing. If we play really good cricket, then it’s a bit like the last series in India where Steve Smith totally dominated him,” he said.