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Virat Kohli needs to learn from MS Dhoni, says Steve Waugh

Virat Kohli needs to learn from MS Dhoni, says Steve Waugh
Australia’s World Cup winning captain Steve Waugh feels Indian star Virat Kohli should learn from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to keep his emotions in check and mature as a captain. Kohli took over the reigns of Test captaincy from Dhoni, who announced his shock retirement from the longest format post the third Test against Australia in December. The Kohli-led India were just able to draw the fourth and final match but lost the series 0-2. Waugh opines that the young leader has a lot to learn.

“Kohli has to mature. He had a few issues this World Cup. He gets a bit too animated, bit too emotional, bit too personal on some issues. As a captain you have got to develop a thick skin and Dhoni has that, nothing gets through him. So he would be a good role model for Kohli. He has to be his own man but also take a bit of what Dhoni has. Dhoni has never been bothered about what people say. The external things don’t influence him. He just keeps it simple, goes about his job in the best that he can do on the field. I like Kohli’s passion. You can’t be there starting every fight when he is a captain. He has to pull it back. He doesn’t have to lose that passion but just have to be a little more smart in the way he does things,” Waugh said at the sidelines of the Laureus World Sports Awards on Wednesday.

Even Australia have been led by the young Steven Smith in recent times with Michale Clarke’s injury making him unavailable for most of the Australian summer. Clarke joined the team in the World Cup only to to quit ODIs after helping Australia clinch their record fifth 50-over World Cup trophy.

Djokovic, Genzebe Dibaba win top honours at Laureus Awards

Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic and Ethiopian sprinter Genzebe Dibaba were named the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year, respectively, in a glittering ceremony on Wednesday.

Djokovic pipped Lewis Hamilton (UK), Renaud Lavillenie (France), Rory McIlroy (UK), Marc Marquez (Spain) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) for the top honour. “This is probably the crown of my 2014 season that has been highlighted with winning Wimbledon, regaining No 1 ranking and becoming a father. It has probably been my best year so far in my life,” said Djokovic in a message. Dibaba, who broke three world records in three different events in two weeks, staved off fierce challenge from Valerie Adams (NZ), Marit Bjorgen (Norway), Li Na (China) and Serena Williams (USA) to win the coveted award.


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