One of the all-time top cricketers and most successful Indian captains, Sourav Ganguly is well acquainted with the pressures that a skipper of a cricket team holds. Despite leading the Indian team to one of its most glorious periods, it took only a misunderstanding with Greg Chappell for Ganguly to usher out of the door. And a comeback to the coveted post never happened.
In 49 test games that he played as a captain, India won 21 and lost 13. After MS Dhoni retired prematurely from Test cricket in 2014, Virat Kohli stepped up in his shoes. And his record as a captain has been astonishing.
The Indian team are on a 15-match unbeaten streak presently and with India scheduled to play a number of tests at come in the coming months, they may hold the longest ever unbeaten streak under Virat’s captaincy.
But, Ganguly believes that Kohli should not get carried away. Talking to India Today, he said, “Kohli has set a very good record for him but he has played a lot of his tests at home. It helps when you play at home. But credit to him.”
Ganguly also pointed out the fact that Kohli has not been tested on distant lands. “Captaincy is such a thing that gets heavier on you as time goes. The initial days are pretty good. The real test for Virat Kohli as captain will come when India start playing overseas. It has been easy going for him so far,” he added.
Today, Sourav Ganguly is one of the most significant cricket administrators in the country and played a key role in the selection of Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian team. For Kumble’s stint as coach too, Ganguly agreed to opine only after he is tested abroad.
The former Indian skipper finally concluded with a reminder that England should not be taken lightly as they can turn the table around anytime.
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