Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has backed Virat Kohli to come good in his first Test as captain that will take place on the 4th December against Australia at Brisbane.
“Dhoni’s absence gives Virat the opportunity to show that he leads may be differently. I still think it’s going to be Dhoni’s side, he has been announced captain. It’s just a nice opportunity for Virat and a great feeling, every time you get the opportunity to lead your country in a Test match, it’s a great thrill and Virat will really enjoy that.“
Dravid also expressed that Kohli is the most suitable candidate to take over the Test reigns from MS Dhoni in the long run but a lot will depend upon how he bats in Test matches especially overseas.
“I think he’s (Kohli) got a good cricket brain. From what we’ve seen a little bit in the IPL and one-day cricket, he’s willing to make things happen. He’s spent quite a bit of time learning from Dhoni. He’s been in the side for a while now. If he can bat well in Test matches and have that certainty about himself as a player, then I have no doubt that he’s the obvious candidate to take over from Dhoni once he’s finished,” Dravid quoted.
“The Wall” also expressed happiness over the selection of Suresh Raina into the Test squad and said that pluses of Raina succeeding on the tour are many.
“Suresh has been to Australia many times before with the one-day team. I don’t think there was a need to get him used to the conditions thinking ahead to a World Cup,” he said. “I believe he has been picked to replace someone in the middle order if they go out of form or gets injured. The team likes Raina, he gives so much on the field, he’s a brilliant slip fielder, it’s an area India struggled in England, he can give you a few overs of off-spin. It’s a chance for him to resurrect his career, I am sure that he can play well in Test cricket where his record isn’t as good.”
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