Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey has heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s captaincy and even drew parallels between the India skipper and legendary captain Ricky Ponting.
India is yet to lose a Test series under Virat Kohli’s captaincy since he led the team against Sri Lanka in 2015 which was his first full series as captain. India had won that series 2-1 which was their first Test series win in Sri Lanka after 22 years. After that, the Kohli-led side had defeated South Africa 3-0 before the mammoth 2016-17 season where they defeated West Indies (2-0), New Zealand (3-0), England (4-0), Bangladesh (1-0) and Australia (2-1). The winning streak continued in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka too as the world number one Test team wrapped up the three-match series by winning the second Test last week.
Kohli was handed the limited-overs series captaincy earlier this year and led the Men in Blue to ODI and T20I series win over England before leading the team to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy. And impressed by Kohli’s captaincy, Hussey said he enjoys watching the Indian star leading the team and compared him with former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting.
“I have always enjoyed Kohli’s captaincy. He is doing a great job. He has got this great will to win. I can see parallels of Ricky Ponting in Kohli’s leadership. Since Ponting was always hungry for success, he would keep pushing his team. He set very high standards in training and was very competitive. MS Dhoni was a wonderful captain and it was always going to be a challenge for Virat to fill Dhoni’s big shoes. But the good thing about Virat is he didn’t want to follow Dhoni’s methods. He has been his own man and led the side in his own way. He has been true to his own personality,” Hussey said.
“I believe that a captain is as good as his team. And Virat has got some excellent players in his side. India have been through the period of transition where the legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retired and the younger lot came in. But now, the team is a settled unit and is hungry for success. These are exciting times for Indian cricket. Obviously, there will be challenges along the way and not only the captain but the players will also be tested,” he added.