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Waugh believes Kohli “has to set an example and tone the aggression down a bit.”
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh has announced that India vice-captain Virat Kohli is definitely on the road to taking over the captaincy one of these days, but first needs to “strike a balance between an aggressive captain and getting out of control at times.”
Waugh added that Kohli should concentrate more on setting an example for less experienced players in the squad instead of his aggression.
“Kohli needs to strike a balance between an aggressive captain and getting out of control at times,” Waugh said. “He is only young, youthful and exuberant and yes you want passion in your captain but at the same time he has to set an example and tone the aggression down a bit.”
Waugh also noted that Kohli is currently undergoing a “learning phase” and should not be given the reigns until he masters everything there is to being a perfect captain.
“Kohli is right now in a learning phase and there will be some leeway but at some stage he has got to set the standards and if he gets out of control on the field the other players will see that and it will be a little unsettling for the guys,” Waugh said. “So he has to find that balance, he definitely has the potential but at times he just needs to be a little bit more focused.”
The 48-year-old further stated that he felt as if veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement was right around the corner.
“It (Sachin’s retirement) is definitely close,” he said. “He’ll make that decision and he is smart enough when to call it quits. He won’t outstay his welcome, his fans will always want to see him play. He’ll surely know when his standards are dropping or maybe his motivational levels are decreasing or whether or not he should play a particular tour. So he has to judge that and take a call.”