Virat Kohli © IANS
Virat Kohli had captained well during the ODIs against Sri Lanka © IANS

Kolkata: Nov 12, 2014

Praising India for their clinical performance in the ongoing five-match One-Day International (ODI) series, Sri Lankan batting great Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said there was a lot to learn from the hosts. The elegant batsman also praised India’s stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, saying he has brought his batting aggression to his captaincy.

“One has to give credit to India. They are playing good cricket, be it batting, bowling or fielding. We can learn a lot from them. How they gelled as a team, handled pressure, specially in the powerplays,” Jayawardene said ahead of Thursday’s match at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

India has taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series. Jayawardene is confident that much like his batting, Kohli will be a successful captain too. “Virat has just started but has had a great start. He takes the aggression in his batting to his captaincy. We will have to wait and see how he fares in the long run. It will be unfair to make a comment now. But I am sure he will succeed in his leadership role as well,” added Jayawardene.