Greg Chappell, former Australian captain, who also served as the head coach of India from 2005-07, said current Indian skipper Virat Kohli is ‘one of the most influential players in world cricket’ who is not afraid to express his opinions. Virat Kohli averages more than 50 in each of the three formats.
Greg Chappell was infamous for his spat with the then captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly during his tenure as coach in 2005 which led to Ganguly’s exclusion from the squad after captaincy snub. India performed poorly in World Cup 2007 which subsequently led to Chappell’s ouster as a coach while Ganguly came back strongly and even scored a double century- his first in Tests.
Greg Chappell: Virat Kohli Is Most Influential Player In World Cricket
Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain surpassing predecessors MS Dhoni and Sourav Ganguly. He has 33 Test wins in 55 matches better than MS Dhoni’s 27 in 60 matches.
“I think he’s certainly one of the best players and one of the most influential players in world cricket at the moment,” Chappell told ‘Sydney Morning Herald’ according to PTI.
“He has strong views, he’s quite happy to speak those views, he’s quite happy to put himself out there and back himself to back up his words,” Greg Chappell said.
Virat Kohli has played 86 Tests, 248 ODIs and 82 T20Is and he has 27 Test and 43 ODI centuries. His total of 70 international centuries is next only to Sachin Tendulkar’s 100 international centuries.
Greg Chappell: Virat Kohli’s Interest In Tests Means India Will Be A Force To Reckon With In Tests
The 72-year-old Australian great said it augers well for Test cricket that an influential player like Virat Kohli enjoys playing the longest format of the game.
“He loves Test cricket and while he’s playing India will treat Test cricket with respect because he has a big say in Indian cricket. That’s a good thing,” Chappell further said.
Greg Chappell also highlighted that as long as a captain like Virat Kohli is leading in Tests, they will continue to be a force in the longest format of the game.
“If you have a captain of India who is not interested in Test cricket that will impact the scene. Virat loves Test cricket, he champions Test cricket, and while that’s happening India will play Test cricket,” he added.
Virat Kohli, who led India to their first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, however, will only be available for the first of the four-match Test series. Virat Kohli will fly back home after the end of the first day-night Test match in Adelaide to be with his wife Anushka Sharma, who is set to give birth to their first child in January.