Have a strong feeling Virat Kohli will leave everyone behind: Sourav Ganguly
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes that the pace at which Virat Kohli is setting new batting benchmarks means he’ll leave everyone behind.

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Kohli, who scored five fifties during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, broke his mini century drought with consecutive centuries against West Indies in the recently concluded three-match ODI series.

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Kohli has now 43 centuries in ODIs and needs seven more to break the all-time record of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar who amassed 49 centuries in the format during his playing career.

“I stayed up till 3 am watching him (Kohli) get those hundreds and that sums up his world class stature, which is getting better every day. I have a strong feeling that he will leave everyone behind,” Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.

Another notable performer from the ODI series was Shreyas Iyer, who struck consecutive fifties, laying his claim for the No. 4 batting spot. Ganguly feels the Mumbai batsman should put an end to India’s hunt for a suitable candidate at the crucial batting position.

I saw him (Iyer) closely playing for Delhi Capitals but what I saw in these two innings is a lot better,” Ganguly wrote. “The quality is hugely noticeable and hopefully as he will watch his champion captain more, he will start converting those good knocks into hundreds. He should ideally bat at No.4. He must understand that it is a position which the greats have made their own with big performances and that is what the Indian public will start expecting from him.”

India remained unbeaten on their limited-overs leg of the West Indies tour, winning the three-match T20I series 3-0 before pocketing the following ODI series 2-0. Ganguly said the huge gulf between India and West Indies is clear saying captain Jason Holder and his men lack game awareness.

“The Indian domination over West Indies continues and it has for some period now. The performance in the World Cup and also in this home series just goes on to prove that whatever little hope West Indies had raised after the English tour of West Indies was just a one-off. When I look at these boys and their captain Holder, you realise that they hugely lack game awareness and the ability to react to tough situations with solidity,” he observed.