Former India captain and the current President of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly, has said that India captain Virat Kohli can be clubbed in the same breed of cricketers such as Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, and the GOAT (greatest of all time) Sachin Tendulkar himself. The reason behind Ganguly’s adulation is the fact that Kohli has led Team India to three straight wins in the ongoing 6-match ODI series, after facing a 2-1 loss in the Test series earlier.
Virat Kohli had started the South Africa tour with a troublesome form in the 3-match Test series against South Africa. The 29-year-old ‘delhi boy’, however, stepped up in the subsequent ODI series, scoring 112, 46* and 160* runs in the first 3 ODIs respectively, to help India acquire a heart-warming 3-0 lead, with just one ODI remaining to be won out of the remaining 3, to bag the series-win.
Sourav Ganguly, who has 311 ODIs and 113 Tests to his name from his 15 illustrious years of cricket, wrote in his column for TOI, and pointed out to the intensity by which Virat Kohli has scored runs in every single innings against South Africa till now. He said,
“It has been a superb performance from India. To see them 3-0 up in a six-match ODI series in South Africa, especially after losing the Test series, speaks volumes of the character shown by Virat Kohli and his boys.”
Sourav Ganguly compared with Virat Kohli is among the greats like Tendulkar, Lara, Ponting
Sourav Ganguly said that Virat Kohli was one of the greatest cricketers who have graced the sport of cricket; Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara, who Ganguly said he was “fortunate” to have shared a ground with.
“I have been fortunate enough to play with and against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag, Ricky Ponting, and Brian Lara, and this man is right up there with all of them. What stands out for me is not just his amazing control and his ability to adjust but also the energy and intensity he brings to his batting in each and every innings.”
Virat Kohli has delivered in South Africa like no other batsman in world cricket has, and for Sourav Ganguly, that proves a straight point, that the India captain is nothing ordinary.
“To get to 34 ODI centuries so quickly in his career is just out of the world. The fact that no other Indian batsman has touched a three-figure mark so far on this tour and only one South African has got a century shows what quality of batsmanship Kohli has displayed on this trip. And we still have a while to go.”
Sourav Ganguly, who led India to the 2003 ICC World Cup final in South Africa, even acknowledged the excellent wrist-spinning duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, and said that the Proteas will have no chance to read the Indian spinners’ bowling. With three matches to go and three ODIs in the bag, India have nothing to worry.