Virat Kohli will make a good leader, but has to control his enthusiasm: Steve Waugh

Virat Kohli is leading India for the first time in the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe © Getty Images

Mumbai: Aug 2, 2013

Virat Kohli is a potential captaincy material, but the talented right-handed batsman needs to calm down his enthusiasm to become a good leader in future, feels former Australia skipper Steve Waugh.

“Virat Kohli is a talented player and a potential captain for sure. He is very exciting and has got passion for sure, which is good, but he sometimes needs to pull that enthusiasm inside a bit. He will make a good leader one day,” Waugh said on Friday.

Recently, miffed at being given out to a controversial catch during the second One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe, Kohli, who is captaining the side in Zimbabwe tour, ended up arguing aggressively with on-field officials even after the third umpire ruled the decision against him.

Waugh also praised India’s regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying he has achieved everything as a captain.

“Dhoni has won every trophy you can possibly win. That is what he can do as a captain. He has done a brilliant job. Very aggressive, very positive and he has been a fine captain for India,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

On senior India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who will be playing his 200th Test match later this year, Waugh said the champion batsman will achieve something that nobody could have ever thought of.

“It’s a great achievement. To play 198 Tests it is amazing. He has broken every record. He will probably hold every record besides the highest average which Don Bradman has. An amazing player and 200 Test matches that is like the holy grail. I don’t think anyone thought they would get to 200,” he said about Tendulkar.

With the Indian Cricket Board finding itself in a soup in the recent time, Waugh on Friday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to look at the larger interest of the game.

“They (BCCI) are obviously a very powerful group. They have a big influence on world cricket. They have got to take on board the best interests of the game, obviously Indian cricket is in a good state, the side is going on well, the cricket board makes a lot of money.”

“But at the end of the day, for the good of the sport, the longevity of the sport, the BCCI have got to see the bigger picture,” he said.