Kolkata: Virat Kohli might have been receiving different opinion on his aggression from the parts of cricketing arena but former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who with his aggressive leadership uplifted team India from nowhere, feels that his passion for winning is very much beneficial for India’s future in Cricket.
“I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. He is a captain who always wants to win matches on the field and I love that passion in him,” Ganguly was quoted as saying at an event on Tuesday.
Kohli led India to a thumping 2-1 win over Sri Lanka in August recently and also received praises for his leadership in his first ever overseas series as captain, but also drew flack for not handling the on-field altercations with the opponents with cool mind. Ishant Sharma’s verbal dispute with a Sri Lankan player also won him a one match ban and now he will not be able to participate in the first Test against South Africa.
But Ganguly sees it the other way, as yesteryear’s flamboyant captain says, “I love the attitude and aggression in Kohli. He might lose sometimes and win sometimes but you know that he is playing to win at all times.
“It is also a proud moment or all to see him lead a side with such passion. I want Kohli to do better than me as a skipper. But his main challenge will be when India tour abroad. Australia, England and South Africa will test his captaincy. All the best to him for the South Africa series,” said Dada.
Often tagged as the ‘Tiger of Indian Cricket’, Ganguly is going to be really busy after being named the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) due to the death of Jagmohan Dalmiya, but the cricketer says he will keep a close eye on the series against South Africa.
“It will be a competitive series. South Africa have a good team and India has recently played well in Sri Lanka. It is a long series. I always say that, at home, India is always a strong side. South Africa have the bowling quality to take 20 wickets but India too have quality bowlers along with spinners in these spinning tracks. It will be a challenge for South Africa to hold on to their form for such a long tour,” said Ganguly.