Sourav Ganguly (L) and Virat Kohli    Getty Images
Sourav Ganguly (L) and Virat Kohli Getty Images

India demolished Australia in the recently-concluded five ODIs at home. By virtue of this victory, India also climbed on top of ICC ODI rankings. Under Virat Kohli‘s leadership, India are the top-ranked side in both Tests and ODIs. In addition, Kohli is yet to lose a series a Test or ODI series as skipper ever since he took over from MS Dhoni. He is already in contention of becoming one of India’s great captains, and Sourav Ganguly backs him to the fullest.

Ganguly, a veteran of 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, told India Today, “Kohli has got qualities of being one of India’s great captains, there’s no doubt about it. I think next 15 months will be important for him when India go to South Africa, England, Australia and the World Cup. I think he is in the right direction. He is preparing his team, he’s picking players and giving opportunities. They will beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka, there’s no doubt about it. India will be challenged when they go to South Africa but I feel this side has got the ability to do well there as well.”

Ganguly also spoke of Man of the series Hardik Pandya, who stood tall in all departments in the 4-1 series win over Australia. “He (Hardik) has the qualities to help this Indian team but don’t compare him with Kapil Dev at the moment. Kapil Dev was an absolute champion. We will talk about it 10-15 years down the line once Pandya keeps playing that long. Let’s enjoy his cricket, he is a good cricketer, he is a positive cricketer. He’s a fighter and he has got heart when he plays cricket. That’s what you look in a young cricketer. I wish him all the best, hopefully, he continues to do good work for Kohli.”

Lastly, Ganguly also backed Indian selectors for roping in Ashish Nehra for the three T20Is. Nehra has been economical and also helped youngsters ever since he came back to the national side. “It’s a good news for Indian cricket that they have picked the ability and not age. He is an exceptional T20 bowler. We saw him in last T20I World Cup. He is a left-armer and he creates a different angle. I think he will come out with flying colours in this series as well”, concluded Ganguly.