Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli has got all the attributes to go down as one of India’s great captains.
Team India is yet to lost a Test or One-Day International series under Kohli’s captaincy and is at the top of the rankings in both the formats, having registered series wins over Sri Lanka, South Africa, England, Australia, New Zealand, West Indies across formats. But one cannot deny the fact that most of the wins have come in friendly conditions and Ganguly, although admitting that Kohli is on the way to greatness, said that the next couple of years would define his captaincy when India tours South Africa, England and Australia before playing the 2019 World Cup in England.
“Virat Kohli has got qualities of being one of India’s great captains, there’s no doubt about it. I think next 15 months will be important for him when India go to South Africa, England, Australia and the World Cup,” Ganguly told India Today.
The former batsman also said that Kohli is in the right direction as far as preparing the team is concerned. The team management has experimented extensively in the last few months, tinkering with the middle-order and the bowling lineup in a bid to get the best-possible outfit.
I think he is in the right direction. He is preparing his team, he’s picking players and giving opportunities,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly further backed Virat Kohli & Co. to continue their winning run against New Zealand and Sri Lanka. India is fresh from the 4-1 win in ODIs over Australia and currently gearing up for a three-match T20I series against the same opposition. It will be followed by a limited-over series against New Zealand before Sri Lanka visits for a full-fledged series.
“They will beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka, there’s no doubt about it. India will be challenged when they go to South Africa but I feel this side has got the ability to do well there as well,” predicted the legendary captain.
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