According to Former England cricketer David Lloyd, the revolution in the Indian cricket began under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Llyod expressed that Ganguly brought massive changes in building altogether a different image of Team India while the current captain Virat Kohli took the same legacy.
David Lloyd names the biggest change which was seen under Ganguly’s captaincy era. Earlier, India was not known for producing the pacers who could par with their peers. Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath were the only two who could mark their names in fast bowlers. As per Lloyd, team India started growing in pace attack because of Ganguly’s approach.
Sourav Ganguly gave the real steel: David Lloyd
Lloyd said that the overall shift in focus in Indian cricket to fast bowling over the years is because of Sourav Ganguly’s era. He labelled the former Indian captain as a catalyst who brought the team to be a worldwide force. He said that Ganguly has made India a side to reckon with regardless of the conditions.
“I think that when Ganguly got hold of the team, I think he gave the team a real steel. That we will not be dictated to by quick bowlers because we will find some of our own. It was always a suggestion that India away from home don’t like the bouncing ball.
“I think he has been a catalyst for Indian cricket to be a worldwide force. India in India is so difficult but you always felt that (against) India away from home you had a chance.
Virat Kohli has taken it another level: Lloyd
Crediting Sourav Ganguly to be the revolutionary, David Llyod acknowledges the current Indian captain Virat Kohli’s contribution. He said that Kohli has set examples for others of leading the team and also giving his best.
“I think Ganguly has been a massive influence on Indian cricket and Virat Kohli has taken it to another level. Kohli apart from his greatness as a player is also a great leader and he fears nothing. My own view of Kohli is that he is there to win matches and not to accumulate runs for himself. And he leads by example because he is the best,” said Lloyd.
Kohli captained India to victory in a Test series in Australia last year and in his captaincy, India has developed one of the most potent fast bowling units in the world.