Shane Watson on Virat Kohli, Steve Smith: They are ultra competitive

India v Australia: "Virat’s outwardly more emotional about how much he loves winning," reckoned former Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson

Australians are competitive—no doubt on that one. Former cricketer Shane Watson exemplified it over and over again in his career. He was an all-rounder of the highest order. He was explosive with the bat and a wicket taker with the ball. As India ready up to host visitors Australia in the third Test at Ranchi, the captains of both teams have been the talking points. Well, they have made news for the wrong reasons, thanks to the DRS controversy and the brain fade incident.

Shane Watson, in an interview to a leading daily, said: “They’re both ultra-competitive. Virat’s outwardly more emotional about how much he loves winning. Steve has that same burning ambition… he’s just not as visible as Virat. I think it’s two players who are the best in the world and in time they will be greats of international cricket.”

Watson also spoke about the appetite of Virat Kohli and added, “He wants to win, he hates losing and as a captain that’s how he’s built. One of the things I absolutely love about Virat is he’s got such a deep down burning desire to win — and obviously, he’s up to pushing the limits. It’s a great thing for his team because they just get behind him as well.”

Virat Kohli would soon be seen in the Indian Premier League representing Royal Challengers of Bengaluru, and Watson just spoke of the IPL and his expectations: “He expects everyone in his team to be exactly the same as him. Which is a great thing as a leader for him and for the Indian team, because he expects a lot of his teammates.”