Virat Kohli is head and shoulders above everyone on the batting chart; be it in Tests or his favourite format, ODI. A night back, the India National Cricket Team captain scored his 39th hundred in Adelaide. The number is no usual, as Sachin Tendulkar completed 50 ODI centuries in 463 matches; and Virat is yet to play his 219th game. His exploits on the field have been outstanding, as termed by Sourav Ganguly. The former India captain further said Virat is an all-time great.
I am tired of calling him great – Sourav
Sourav Ganguly says he is tired of calling Virat Kohli a great batsman. Ganguly opines if the young generation is watching him play, they need to learn the art of chasing from him. In the second ODI, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni stirred India to a six-wicket win. Though Virat slammed his 39th century in ODI cricket, MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 55; helping India to level the series.
Furthermore, Sourav emphasised Virat’s knowledge of the game has pushed him ahead of the other. Citing an example, he said the way the India captain moves from 70 to 100-run mark is incredible.
“Kohli is a big player and we are tired of saying this. If any young player was seeing this innings, he will learn how to control the game. When he reached 70, his run-rate jumped to 100 because he knew that run-rate is going high.”
Sourav Ganguly then said, he had watched some of the greatest batsmen of all times play; but the way Virat conducts himself, he’s a big player. Moreover, he stated for the following years, Virat would remain as the top-class player across formats.
“I’ve seen a lot of great players. I’ve seen Sachin, I’ve played over 300 games myself but for Virat Kohli, all I will say is — Wow. Outstanding and he is an all-time great and the next six years or whatever he plays, he will be great for India,” Ganguly said in IndiaTV’s show Cricket Ki Baat.
India should look into their bowling
Australia, despite starting poorly managed to hit 298 on the board; courtesy Shaun Marsh’s seventh ODI hundred. However, Ganguly feels India needs to look into their bowling if they wish the win the series. The ex-India captain then suggested both the spinners, Jadeja and Kuldeep to be more attacking.
“India bowled well but Australia should have made 310-315 after the start they got. So India bowled well but I felt that it could have been better. The middle phase is very important and India need to get wickets. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja are important for India and Kohli needs to find a way to make them more attacking,” Ganguly said.
“Rayudu has to score runs. He has looked out of place outside the sub-continent but he will take some time. We should talk about him after five-six games or New Zealand,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, India and Australia will face off in the final ODI at the MCG on January 18th (Friday).