Virat Kohli will be a good leader, says Sourav Ganguly
Ever since taking over the Test captaincy mantle from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli has been receiving heaps of praise from the cricketing fraternity across the globe. The right-hander captained the Indian side for the first time in the first Test match during India's tour of Australia in 2014 following an injury to Dhoni before making the move permanent in the final Test on the same tour. Kohli has had a pretty good run so far as a captain with a win percentage well over 50.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has been a big admirer of the Indian Test skipper ever since he burst out into the international arena. The left-hander has also expressed how Kohli has been continuously impressed him with his captaincy tactics. Ganguly praised Kohli again during an exclusive interview with Sportstar on Tuesday. "Virat is a leader. He'll be a good leader. He gets runs himself, is passionate, wants to create a team that will win in overseas conditions," he said.
The former skipper went on to state that he was pretty sure about Kohli maintaining the good run in the future. "I get the right vibes when I hear him speak. He is very honest; honest with his selections, honest with his players. That's more important in a leader. You get respect by doing that," he said.
Ganguly mentioned that he was impressed by Kohli's decision of not asking the curators for turning pitches during the New Zealand series. The Sportstar quoted him as saying, "Virat is on the right track. I have had that experience in Kolkata when India played New Zealand recently. Not once did he call up and say I need a turner. I don't think he has asked for turners and I don't think that any of the Test matches in the series against New Zealand have been square turners."
Kohli has an impressive record as the Indian Test captain so far. He has captained the Indian side on 17 occasions prior to the current Test match, winning 10 and losing just two matches and the rest five matches ending in a draw. Asked if he had any suggestions for Kohli regarding captaincy, Ganguly said, "Do the same what he has been doing all this while. He has done fantastically well on away trips. People would say he encountered weak sides but he has done nothing wrong."
However, Ganguly stated that he was looking forward to Kohli's captaincy after the series against Australia as he thinks the partnership of Kohli and Anil Kumble will be tested once the Indian team travels abroad.