Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has revealed a time in Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s career when he apparently panicked. Ganguly had led the Indian cricket team to the World Cup finals in 2003. Ganguly is somebody who has seen Indian cricket from close quarters. Also Read - Virat Kohli Sixth Highest Earning Athlete on Instagram During Lockdown, Earned Rs 3.62 Crore
“Kohli is a fantastic player. He will do well this time. I am happy that he did not play county cricket before the England series. I think he was eager to play county (ahead of the series) because he was panicky after not having a good tour last time around. He is too good a player to miss out this time,” Ganguly told PTI. Also Read - Virat Kohli's Reaction to Anushka Sharma's Sun-Kissed Instagram Post is Unmissable
“India’s chances are bright but England are also in good form. It will be a closely contested series,” he reckoned. Also Read - Really Can't Compare Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma, They Complement Each Other: Brad Hogg
“Yes two news balls do take reverse swing out of the picture because the ball doesn’t get old enough to reverse. Reverse swing is also dying because the grounds are a lot greener today. The balls don’t get scuffed up enough. They don’t get dry and rough on one side for the reverse to happen,” Ganguly said.
“500 runs in 50 overs is terrible. Bowling has to find a way. I don’t understand why the best bowlers don’t play. Wasim (Akram) and Waqar (Younis) played ODIs and Tests all together, so did (Glenn) McGrath and (Brett) Lee and (Shaun) Pollock and (Allan) Donald. All played at the same time. I don’t understand having a separate set of bowlers for Tests and ODIs,” he said.
“It (481/6 in England) was a poor advert of cricket. Every over had three boundaries. You cannot have Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood not play. So the best of players have to play. Nathan Lyon mostly plays Tests, doesn’t play ODIs. Shane Warne played everything, so did Anil (Kumble) and (Muttiah) Muralitharan,” said the former skipper.
(With PTI inputs)