Kohli reminds me of Maradona: Ganguly

Published 08/13/2015, 3:53 PM EDT
The Indian captain requested the BCCI to be included in the India A squad for the second unofficial Test against Australia A.


Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly showered Virat Kohli with praise by drawing a parallel between the latter and one of the greatest footballer from Argentina – Diego Maradona.

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Ganguly said that present Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s energy and passion for the game reminds him of the great legend.

“One of my favourite sportsmen was Diego Maradona and every time I saw him play football, you could see the passion in the heart. You see the same thing with Virat Kohli. I love his body language. I am a big fan of Kohli. I love him off the field, as well. It’s about passion. I have got lot of faith in Virat Kohli. Whatever I’ve seen of him from the ground or TV, it gives me a lot of confidence,” Ganguly was quoted as saying.

Sourav Ganguly indeed believes that Virat is one of the most attacking captains of the modern day game. The fact that he decided to field five bowlers in itself is a testimony to the above mentioned fact. One of the most assuring fact about Virat Kohli as a captain is that he leads from the front and has proved his mettle time and again.

“He’s hungry, he wants to win. He got a Test hundred again as a captain. He’s scored four hundreds from the four Tests he captained so far. This is a fabulous sign. It’s (picking five bowlers) an attacking thought. It has worked in this series so far — we are in a commanding position on day two. Now, you have to stick to that. It’s too early to pass a judgment now. Australia were the best side in the world with four as they had four outstanding bowlers in (Glenn) McGrath, (Shane) Warne, (Jason) Gillespie and (Brett) Lee. It depends on the team and the situation and at present I think it’s a great move by India,” Ganguly said.

India couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Test series against Sri Lanka and they would look to take the remaining 8 wickets today to register an emphatic win against the islanders within three days only.

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