Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has said that Indian skipper Virat Kohli resembles Sourav Ganguly. As per him, Kohli is a lot like Dada; expressive and bold in his decisions.
“Sourav made us believe that we can win oversees and inspired us to play with a lot of aggression. Dhoni was calm through tough situations, yet aggressive in his approach. We won the World Cup under him, so it was always very special playing under his leadership,” Zaheer told IANS
“Virat is a lot like dada (Ganguly), he is expressive, bold in his decisions and always pumps the team up through crunch situations. His sublime batting form is always reflective of the way he leads the team on field. I wish to see him lift the World Cup for India one day,” he added.
As Zaheer mentioned, Ganguly changed the mindset of Indian cricket. He made people believe that India can win Test series outside India, which was a distant dream for India for years. India did create history by winning series in West Indies and England in 1971 but weren’t able to deliver the results on a regular basis.
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In 2018/19, India created history by winning 2-1 in Australia but the bigger queston is whether the will continue to produce results on a regular basis.
Zaheer called Dhoni a calm captain as unlike Ganguly and Kohli, he isn’t much expressive on the field. He is the only captain to win three ICC trophies.
Dhoni, though, did not have good results in Tests as, under him, India lost Test series in England and Australia twice. They also lost to England at home in 2012.
Kohli succeeded Dhoni as Test captain mid-series in Australia and has overtaken his tally of wins as captain.
In 2017, Kohli also replaced him as India’s white-ball captain after Dhoni relinquished the positon keeping World Cup 2019 in mind. At ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, defending champions qualified for the final while at 2019 World Cup, Men in Blue lost the semi-final.
Kohli has his task cut out and has an opportunity to win an ICC trophy as captain with two T20 World Cups lined up in next two years. Dhoni is unlikely to be part of the team for any of the two tournaments.