Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan has said that both Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly, as a captain, have always backed the youngsters. He gives the example of the youngster of Rishabh Pant, who has got the backing of Kohli, even though he has failed to perform in international cricket.
Cricket Pundits accuse current Indian captain Virat Kohli for not backing players for sufficient time. He is often criticized for making quick changes in playing XI which creates a sense of insecurity in the players’ minds. Whereas Irfan Pathan has applauded Virat Kohli for supporting the youngsters without doubting their potentials.
Pathan added that Kohli resembles similar quality like former Indian captain Ganguly who showed his endless faith in potential players.
“Absolutely, and he [Kohli] is [the right man to assist the younger lot],” Pathan said.
“He is very similar to Sourav Ganguly as well. A guy who backs his youngsters really, really well. Virat Kohli has that aura about him, that he goes out of his way to back the youngsters. We have seen that with Rishabh Pant, we have seen the press conferences, he goes to and says, ‘No, we need to back a guy like Rishabh Pant purely on his potential,” he added.
Irfan Pathan opines the problem the current generation is facing:
Irfan Pathan said that the rising cricketers should keep evolving their game because the competition is different at every level. As per him, the player should simultaneously work on his mental strength as he rises through the ranks.
“I think we need to make sure that you have the right mentality to reach at the bigger level, at the same time, making your game bigger, I think that’s the biggest challenge any cricketer faces who plays U19. At the U19, you need to make sure that you strive to get better as a cricketer.
“The competition level isn’t the same at the U19 level, first-class level, and at the international level. You need to keep changing your cricketing ability, but at the same time, your mentality as well which is very, very important,” Irfan pathan Concluded.
Irfan Pathan is among the long list of Indian pacers who had a promising start but faded away with the time. He retired from the game in January 2020.