New Delhi: Former Indian skipper and opening batsmen Sourav Ganguly today heaped praise for present Indian captain Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandaya and said that Kohli has taken the right path till now but there would be a crucial test for him when India will tour abroad.
Virat Kohli led his men to yet another bilateral series win as they swept Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series on Sunday.
Indian team has also managed to attain the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings as Kohli’s men are topping the charts in ICC Test rankings.
Few days back Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar stated Kohli could go down as one of India’s greatest skippers for his current achievements, Sourav Ganguly has made a similar remark on the 28-year-old.
“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. I think he is in the right direction. He is preparing his team, he’s picking players and giving opportunities. 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,” Ganguly said.
“Hardik Pandya has the qualities to help this Indian team but don’t compare him with Kapil Dev at the moment. Kapil Dev was an absolute champion. We will talk about it 10-15 years down the line once Pandya keeps playing that long. Let’s enjoy his cricket, he is a good cricketer, he is a positive cricketer. He’s a fighter and he has got heart when he plays cricket. That’s what you look in a young cricketer. I wish him all the best, hopefully, he continues to do good work for Virat Kohli,” Ganguly added.