Virat Kohli is bit like Tendulkar and Lara, says Steve Waugh ahead of Adelaide Test

Sydney NSW, AustraliaUpdated: Dec 01, 2018, 03:37 PM IST

I will see this as a significant chance and...I think it's going to be a really close series," said Steve Waugh. Photograph:(Reuters)

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The series begins with the first Tests in Adelaide on December 6.

Former Australian player Steve Waugh praised Indian skipper Virat Kohli saying, he is a "great player", ahead of the Adelaide Test, which will start from December 6.

While speaking to a cricket-related website, Waugh was asked how Australia should tackle the Kohli threat.

Waugh replied, "He [Virat Kohli] is a great player and loves the big moment, a bit like Tendulkar and Lara."

India captain Virat Kohli is likely to be the biggest threat for the Australian bowlers, as they look to maintain their unbeaten record at home against the Asian giants.

The 53-year-old said that the upcoming four-match rubber is a "significant chance" for India to win their first Test series Down Under. 

Aussies' former captain added, "They wait for these big series and that's where they want to show their best. So who is the dangerman for Australia? They have got some really good batsmen, they have got a very good all-round team."

"I will see this as a significant chance and they would have prepared for this tour for a long time, I think it's going to be a really close series."

Former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist said the visitors would mainly bank on their talismanic skipper to get runs on the board.

"Virat is clearly the best player in the world at the moment. So India will look to him to score heavily but all are going to have their challenges and as too will the Australian batting line-up," Gilchrist said. 

The big-hitting batsman of yesteryears was of the opinion that the Australian pace attack comprising Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood could pose tough questions.

"I think Pat Cummins is outstanding, Hazlewood is almost McGrath like with his bowling. Those three guys and there are a couple in the wings who are high-quality fast bowlers."