ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan will be dangerous vs India at Eden Gardens, says Steve Waugh

first_imgSteve Waugh, the former Australian captain, was respected and feared in equal measure right through an illustrious career. The ice-cool cricketer commanded great authority among his teammates and put fear deep into the hears of the opposition with his shrewd tactics, which also included the famously coined “mental disintegration.”It has been 12 years since Waugh retired, after a classic Test match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground and his views on the game continue to carry immense weight. The Australian legend was in New Delhi to attend the India Today Conclave yesterday and had a packed schedule. But he took time out to answer a few questions on Indian cricket and more importantly, India’s chances against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens tomorrow. (Pakistan start favourites vs India: Gavaskar )Excerpts from an exclusive interview with indiatoday.in: Akshay Ramesh: What is the major difference between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s captaincy?Steve Waugh: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli are very different captains.Dhoni controls his emotions very well. The side plays with an even temperament. They never get carried away, they never seem to get too disappointed. He has brought consistency to the team. With the way he plays, he gives them the confidence that they can win in any situation. (‘India-Pakistan game will be toughest in Dhoni’s career’ )Whereas Kohli wears his heart in his sleeves. He is more animated, he is more aggressive and positive in the way he plays. So his teams will reflect that, they will go out there and will be in the face of the opposition more. They will be looking for wins, they will take a lot of gambles. (Kohli key for India’s success in World T20: Waugh )advertisementThe most important thing about both of them is that they are highly respected by their teammates. Whichever direction they take, the players will follow them. Akshay: Do you think the current Indian crop of Indian batsmen are poor against spin?Waugh: India have some very good batsmen now. It takes a while to be really good player of spin. Not many players at 19, 20 can master batting against spin.  I don’t think anyone saw the New Zealand loss was coming, probably not even the players. New Zealand certainly turned the ball sharply. Their leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was brilliant.  It was a pitch that suited turn and not many pitches would offer assistance to spin as much as that.Akshay: Rohit Sharma has scored a lot of runs against Australia. Do you think he can be the next VVS Laxman? Waugh: He already is. He is probably yet to do as much in Tests. He probably has a liking for Australian bowlers. He did very well in Australia recently. He has got some massive scores in the shorter forms of the game. I am amazed when he doesn’t do well in Tests. He has got the game to play well in Test cricket also.Akshay: After all the controversy, how much pressure will the Pakistan team be under when they play at Eden Gardens? You have obviously played a lot of cricket at the Eden. Could you tell us about the pressure visiting teams face there?  Waugh: Less pressure than India, that’s for sure. They would be pretty relaxed.What an opportunity this is for Pakistan! They have won their first game in the tournament, India have lost theirs. Everybody would expect India to win at Eden Gardens. Pakistan have never been beaten in T20s there.They are going to go in with a relaxed mind. Pakistan have got nothing to lose. People don’t expect them to win and that makes Pakistan very dangerous.last_img