Sourav Ganguly (left) and Virat Kohli (Image courtesy: AFP)
Sourav Ganguly (left) and Virat Kohli (Image courtesy: AFP)

Sourav Ganguly called Virat Kohli the best cricketer in the world at the moment and backed him to take Indian cricket to a different level. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India won the ODI series in South Africa 5-1 and fought well in a closely contested Test series, going down 1-2. India also won the T20Is 2-1. Kohli finished the tour with 871 runs, becoming the only batsman to amass over 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series.

Kohli, with 912 points, went past Brian Lara in ICC’s Best-Ever Test Rankings. These are second highest points achieved by an India. Sunil Gavaskar had achieved 916 points in September 1979.

“Virat is also in the form of his life, I think the way he’s played, he’s the best player in the world at the moment. When I see him on the field, I see a lot of honesty. It’s like you get what you see with him. Everything is there and also he’s a class player. So I have tremendous regard for him and tremendous faith in him that he’s going to take Indian Cricket to the next level,” Ganguly told CricketNext.

Captaincy styles

Ganguly drew parallels between his captaincy style and Kohli’s. He also compared Kohli’s style to Dhoni’s and remarked that India are very lucky to have them both.

Sourav Ganguly: Wish India had MS Dhoni in my 2003 World Cup side
Sourav Ganguly: Wish India had MS Dhoni in my 2003 World Cup side

He said, “I think Dhoni and Kohli are different personalities. Kohli is very expressive, and so was I. But Kohli has probably taken it one step further. I have to find out, whom does he show that fist to every time a wicket falls.

“Dhoni was calm, that doesn’t take the nervousness or pressure away from anyone. For Virat Kohli, it’s his way of taking pressure away from everyone, and it was same for me. For Dhoni it was to absorb. So every captain is different and I think India is very fortunate to have Dhoni and Kohli.”

Ganguly has also praised both, Kohli and Dhoni, in his book A Century Is Not Enough.