Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has finally expressed his thought in favor of the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who has been criticized a lot after losing consecutive games to garnered much criticism following two losses against South Africa.
In his column for TOI, Ganguly wrote that India has a lot of things to play for in the final Test at Johannesburg and has backed leader Kohli to come good.
In the second Test, Indian batsmen showed another bad performance as they haven’t offered any resistance to the South African bowlers. Of course, Kohli had scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings, but that was not enough for the visitors to save the game as they end up losing by 135 runs.
In his column, Sourav wrote, “There is lot of talk going around about Virat Kohli’s leadership qualities. It is important to be patient as it is his first big overseas tour. Nobody really is a born leader and it is important that leaders are allowed to develop and grow. I am convinced Kohli will keep getting better at this. It is very important that as a leader you keep performing – that is the biggest challenge and this is where Kolhi has done remarkably well.”
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Ganguly had also suggested that India can also play an extra bowler on Johannesburg track. He described, “The hype is obviously about the pitch, about what India will get to play on. The groundsman has spoken about a green pitch but till a ball is bowled, you can never say what the track will be like exactly. There is also word that India will play five fast bowlers but they will have to be very careful because spin will be useful in a five-day game and variation is also important in a longer format.”