Australia's Channel Seven's head of Cricket David Barham has backed Virat Kohli to succeed against his country when India tours Australia later this year.
With Steven Smith set to miss out, due to his ban, all the attention has been shifted towards Kohli to provide the entertainment with the bat. The last time he toured 'Down under', Kohli scored an extraordinary 692 runs in four Test matches.
And Barham believes the Indian skipper will be an interesting prospect when the two teams meet. He told Fairfax Media, "Kohli is a polarising character, but I think Aussies love Virat Kohli and I think Virat Kohli will be as big a star of the summer as much as our guys.
"If he makes hundred after hundred, we'll talk about Virat Kohli. I'm sure he'll do it in his own way and he will be niggling, doing what he does – fantastic. It'll make for a great summer's cricket. We'll be celebrating the Indian players and their skill as much as our players."
His comments are quite contrary to Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins. The pacer predicted a few days back that his team will not allow Kohli to score even a single century later this year.
Cummins had said, "My brave, bold prediction; I’d say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we’re going to knock them off over here."
Earlier on Thursday, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting lavished praise on Kohli, claiming him to be the 'best player in the world'. Though, the 2003 and 2007 World Cup winning captain believes the Indian is best because Steven Smith is banned from cricket.
He was quoted by cricket.com.au, "Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there.
"(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I'd have him as the number one player in the world. That's how high in regard I hold Steve Smith - what he's done the last three or four years with his game and (he’s been) able to lead an Australian team to so many wins the way he has (batted).
"The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you're ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in an Ashes series, and to do it on the first day of an Ashes series when it counts the most, says a lot about him."