Former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly insisted that Virat Kohli shouldn’t be judged on the basis of his IPL captaincy as he has more than just a decent record as a captain of the Indian team. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s repeated failures in the t20 tournament have put Kohli’s leadership skills under the scanner but Ganguly said Indian captaincy is a different ball game.
Talking to PTI during a promotional event, Ganguly said, “Don’t compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with that of India. His captaincy records for India is very good actually. He’s got him in his team as the vice-captain. Dhoni is there. So he’s well supported. Hardik Pandya will play a key role. He is in tremendous form. He will be very, very important for India’s chances.”
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The former southpaw picked Pakistan alongside India, Australia, and England as the four semifinalists in the upcoming World Cup, saying their records in world tournaments in England is remarkable. He was also quick enough to add that Team India should not be wary of Pakistan and they would prove to be strong contenders.
Starting as one of the favorites, there are certain chances that the men in blue will be facing some pressure but Ganguly felt it would bring out the best from Kohli and his men. He said, “So it’s good that India is under pressure, every other team in the World Cup will be under pressure. So Virat, probably being the best player of the world at the moment, is as much under pressure as anybody else and that will be good for him because he will turn up, work hard, he will be pumped and get India going.”
Ganguly said it would be an interesting World Cup as all 10 teams will locking horns with each other before the knockouts and it will create more opportunities for the teams.