Virat Kohli’s Real Test As A Captain Awaits, Feels Sourav Ganguly
India skipper Virat Kohli has achieved a lot more than his predecessors did during their captaincy age after leading the country in equal number of Tests. However, former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Virat has done really good, but hasn’t been tested as a captain till now. In 23 matches as skipper, Virat, 28, has led India to 15 wins and has even surpassed handful records.
Apart from stamping his domination in India, Virat has extracted success in countries in like Sri Lanka and the West Indies. Though, he has just captained in two games in Australia, one in Adelaide and another one in Sydney. As a full-time skipper, Virat has lost just one Test and under him, India haven’t lost any of their last 19 Tests.
Ganguly, who led India on tour of England, South Africa and Australia in past, knows what it takes to win matches in those conditions. Speaking to India Today, Dada, as he is often known as, said he like many others love Virat Kohli but claimed the right-handed batsman is far from touching the sky and that his real Test as a captain awaits.
“He’s not been tested yet to be honest, as captain. Let’s be fair on him, you know we like him, we believe that he’s the man to take Indian cricket forward but he’s not been tested. Just like all of us when you go to England, Australia and South Africa you will be tested in your captaincy skills. So we’ll have to wait but as we know his home record is unbelievable.”
Pulling the strings back in Virat’s favour, Sourav said the flamboyant striker has all the ingredients to become one of the best leaders the country has ever produced.
“The signs are pretty much there for him to go and succeed overseas. He’s passionate, he’s hungry, he’s done well in Sri Lanka, yes you can say the West Indies were weak but he still managed to get past them.”
Citing examples of former captains, Sourav said they all have had success in India but only those registered their name in history books, who went onto win outside sub-continent conditions.
“They’ve been the likes of Azhar (Mohammad Azharuddin), MS (Dhoni), myself and Rahul (Dravid), we have hardly lost anything at home. So that’s the way it is and that’s the way it will continue to be in Indian cricket unless and until Indian spinners dip in the future which is a rarity. So from that point of view I believe he’s still to be tested before we pass on the judgement on him.”
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