Proud To See Virat Kohli Play With Such Passion: Sourav Ganguly
Virat Kohli may continue to polarize opinion over his aggressive approach to Test captaincy since taking over the reins from MS Dhoni, but he'll be chuffed at having found a firm admirer of his style in former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.
"I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. He is a captain who always wants to win matches on the field and I love that passion in him," Ganguly was quoted as saying at an event on Tuesday.
Kohli led India to their first overseas series win in four years courtesy August's 2-1 win in Sri Lanka, but the focus often shifted on several verbal altercations between players from either side, with Ishant Sharma emerging as the chief culprit in India's case. The lanky pace bowler eventually earned a one-match suspension for his behaviour that ruled him out of the first Test of the upcoming home duel against South Africa which has since sparked an endless debate over the pros and cons of India's new-found show of aggression.
But Ganguly, who himself was credited with bringing an aggressive dimension to Indian captaincy back in the day, said: "I love he attitude and aggression in Kohli. He might lose sometimes and win sometimes but you know that he is playing to win at all times.
"It is also a proud moment or all to see him lead a side with such passion. I want Kohli to do better than me as a skipper. But his main challenge will be when India tour abroad. Australia, England and South Africa will test his captaincy. All the best to him for the South Africa series."
While the 'Dada' of Indian cricket is set to have his hands full in the coming days, having been named president of Cricket Association of Bengal following Jagmohan Dalmiya's demise, he will be keeping a close eye on India's battle with the Proteas. "It will be a competitive series. South Africa have a good team and India has recently played well in Sri Lanka. It is a long series. I always say that, at home, India is always a strong side. South Africa have the bowling quality to take 20 wickets but India too have quality bowlers along with spinners in these spinning tracks. It will be a challenge for South Africa to hold on to their form for such a long tour," said Ganguly.