The former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly believes the way Virat Kohli will lead this team will craft his legacy than his style of play or the number of runs he scores.
Meanwhile, Kohli is currently leading his team in England and will take on the hosts in the series decider later on Sunday.
Speaking to Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz Unplugged, Ganguly spoke about India’s need and the opportunity to do well this time.
“Virat Kohli will not be judged by how many runs he scores but how he carries the team with him. I hope he has the right people around to guide him and make sure life becomes a little easier for him,” Ganguly said.
Indeed, all eyes will be on Kohli in the toughest assignment of his captaincy regime so far.
On their last two tours of England, India have won one Test out of nine, and have lost seven. So Kohli really has his work cut out to change the statistics.
Ganguly also touched upon the recently controversial subject of yo-yo tests. He termed it as a landmark achievement during Kohli’s tenure and seemed happy with its execution.
“The test does make you a fitter side, it makes you a side which is mentally stronger. It’s not the only landmark for performance, but it is important that you pass it,” Ganguly added.
Kohli’s pace arsenal will hold the key, as to how the Tests pan out. Against an English middle order exposed by sheer pace, both in New Zealand and Australia, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma will look to make inroads.