Virat Kohli might be the happiest man right now! An Unbeaten streak of 18 games which is five long series. Last time India lost a test match was in August 2015 where Sri Lanka defeated India in Galle by 63 runs. Kohli’s boys haven’t turned back since then, they went on to become the number one test team at the end of 2016.
This is India’s longest unbeaten streak in test cricket. Kohli who has taken over from Mahendra Sing Dhoni, has done well as a batsman and lead the team from the front. Kohli is going through a great patch as success is finding him quite often. He has impressed each and everyone with his captaincy and responsible batting. Scoring the most number of runs among the Indian batters, Kohli is setting an example for the young Indian batsmen.
Meanwhile, Kohli is being praised by almost every cricketing legend as he has performed quite impressively. Former Indian legendary captain, Ganguly feels that Kohli’s success as test captain will create pressure on MS Dhoni in the upcoming limited overs season. Kohli has indeed improved his personality as a captain and gained a better cricketing head during all the tough times.
Ganguly believes that Kohli will captain the Indian side in limited over cricket as well in the near future. He stated that his recent success as a test captain will make selectors consider him for the other formats as well. The Indian ODI side does not look as stable and confident as the test side.
This series is very critical for Dhoni, both as a captain and a batsman as the Indian team should be getting ready for the upcoming major tournaments, especially the 2019 World Cup. It is not yet known whether the current Indian limited overs skipper is interested in playing the 2019 World Cup as he hasn’t yet taken any decision of retirement as of now.
Speaking to Aaj Tak, Ganguly said, “I am sure Virat’s Test success will put pressure on the selectors, I think Virat will have to wait. He will become the captain in ODIs too one day and it’s just a matter of when. But the selectors will mull who they see as captain in the 2019 World Cup and then plan accordingly. I feel the (limited-overs) England series will be critical for Dhoni.”
Many other legendary players and analysts have pulled out the same point as the nation is keen on building a good team for the World Cup and other huge tournaments.