The Day Bowlers Stop Performing Virat Kohli’s Downfall Will Begin: Virender Sehwag
Kohli led the team to a 5-1 win (Credits: BCCI)

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has said that skipper Virat Kohli is an upgraded version of former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

Sehwag’s comments came soon after Kohli’s majestic 129-run knock helped India wallop South Africa in the sixth and final ODI. The India skipper scored his third century of the series to help his side win the series 5-1. The knock came off just 96 balls and was studded with 19 fours and a couple of sixes. Kohli finished the six-match series with a staggering 558 runs. The runs came at a mind-boggling average of 186, the highest aggregate in a bilateral series.

The India skipper also helped the country win its first-ever bilateral series in South Africa. Kohli’s remarkable exploits with the bat and captaincy has left the world short of superlative. And at such a time, Sehwag has come up with a brilliant term for the 29-year old, calling him the upgraded version of Ganguly, who had led India to several overseas wins.

Comparing Kohli’s aggression with Ganguly, Sehwag said that Kohli is best captain in the world.

“Kohli’s aggression can be compared with Ganguly. In fact, he is an upgraded version of Sourav Ganguly. Under Ganguly’s captaincy, we saw some incredible wins overseas and such has been the trend so far with Virat Kohli,” Sehwag said in a conversation on India TV.

The Day Bowlers Stop Performing Virat Kohli’s Downfall Will Begin: Virender Sehwag
Kohli scored 558 runs in the series (Credits: BCCI)

“Kohli is the No.1 captain in terms of series wins. If we analyse the past eight series wins under his captaincy, we’ll find that he is one of the best captains we have ever seen,” he added.

Kohli led India to a incredible nine straight Test series wins which came to an end last month. However, he was quick to bounce back and led the team to a historic ODI series win. Kohli is yet to lose an ODI series as skipper.

Sehwag further said that it would be premature to compare Kohli with former captains.

“Having said that, I believe that we should not compare him with the best of previous captains. He needs more time and experience as captain to reach where the past skippers are. He has gained confidence with the captaincy. Unlike others, he has matured and has taken his individual game to the next level. He doesn’t take the pressure of captaincy. In fact, he has improved his game with the responsibility. He has brought the trend of fitness in the camp,” Sehwag said.

The Day Bowlers Stop Performing Virat Kohli’s Downfall Will Begin: Virender Sehwag
Kohli led India to their maiden bilateral series win in South Africa (Credits: BCCI)

The legendary batsman also had a word of praise for Kohli for instilling fighting attitude in the team.

“The fighting team is the power of captain Kohli and I strongly believe that this team can do wonders in England and Australia,” he opined.

Sehwag went on to say that Kohli’s success as skipper is down to the bowlers’ performance. He also said that Kohli’s downfall will begin the day the bowlers start under-performing.

“The best thing about Kohli’s captaincy is that he brings the best out of individuals. The day bowlers stop performing Kohli’s downfall will begin. His strength lies in the current bowling line-up,” Sehwag concluded.

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