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Virat Kohli helped India defeat Sri Lanka in a Test series after a gap of 22 years in the island nation.Reuters

Virat Kohli may be new to captaincy, but whatever little we have seen of him in the recent successful tour of Sri Lanka, he believes in an aggressive approach. Such aggression has led Australian cricket legend, Steve Waugh, to compare Kohli with another well-known Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who was equally famous for his aggression when he took on the likes of Australia.

Though Waugh may not have followed Kohli's captaincy up and close, the former Australian skipper believes that Kohli's style mirrors that of Ganguly. 

"I haven't seen him captain much but I assume by the way he plays the game that he is out there to win. He plays aggressively and I guess his captaincy is a bit in the Sourav Ganguly mould, where he can be in your face and he can be a bit prickly at times. But I don't mind that, I am happy to see that," The Times of India quoted Waugh as saying.

Waugh, who captained Australia for many years, helped Australia become the No. 1 team in the world in both the Test and the ODI format. The Australian believes Kohli being a captain will help team India.

"As a captain, he is never going to back down or be trampled upon by the opposition and that's a good thing for India."

However, Kohli cannot go overboard while leading a national side as he has to set an example. Hence, Kohli needs to come out on the field with controlled aggression. There have been instances (as a player) when he has lost his cool, which has led him to be involved in some verbal duel with his opponents. 

Waugh has hopes from Kohli, who he believes, should do well as captain. The Indian Test captain has already brought glory to India, winning the recently concluded Sri Lanka series after a gap of 22 years.

"He will do well. He had a good win in Sri Lanka and very few sides in the past decade have won away from home, so that's a good feather in his cap," added Waugh.

It might be too early to judge Kohli's captaincy; his biggest test will be in forthcoming India-South Africa series. The Proteas will be playing 2 T20s,  5 ODIs and 4 Test matches.

Kohli will only captain the Test series as MS Dhoni will be in-charge of the ODI and T20 teams. The Test series starts in November.

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