Don’t think current Indian side is better than ones I faced: Waugh

Steve Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Ravi Shastri's comments that this is "the best Indian side in the last 15 years".

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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is “not sure” if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his international career. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Ravi Shastri’s comments that this is “the best Indian side in the last 15 years”.

“Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against,” Waugh told.

He further added that he understands that Shastri wanted to boost the morale of his side, but added that such sweeping comments could have been avoided.

“I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it’s good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself,” the former Australian international said.

Waugh also praised Virat Kohli and compared him to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara. “He is a great player and he loves these big moments. He is like Tendulkar and Lara. They wait for these and that’s where they want to show their best. He will be the dangerman straightaway but they have some pretty good batsmen,” he said.

“Actually, India have quite a rounded team and they will see this as a significant chance. They would have prepared for this tour for a long time. I think it is going to be really close series,” he added.

India will face Australia in the first T20I on November 21, 2018.

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