Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly firmly believes team India under the captaincy of Virat Kohli has the capability to be the best in the world in Test cricket. Virat Kohli took his and team India’s name to the history books after they won the test series against Sri Lanka 1-0 this Wednesday.
This series victory has led India to register 9 consecutive test series win. Kohli equalled the record of former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s of nine straight series victories as captain. Australia won nine straight series from 2005 to 2008 under his captaincy.
The Indian team has shown the right promise.
India has now joined the of the elite list of Australia and England with nine successive series victories. England recorded nine straight series triumphs all the way from 1884 to 1892. Ganguly, however, believes India is yet to reach the bar set up by Australia, who dominated world cricket in the past. Specifically in late the 90s and up until last years of the last decade.
“I believe we have got the good capability under Virat’s leadership, who I think is a fantastic cricketer and a good leader. Under his leadership, they have got the capability but they haven’t gone to England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand under his leadership so I think it’s not even close to being judged on their capabilities”, Ganguly said while talking to India Today.
India has done really well in the home conditions and Ganguly believes that it would be a challenge for Virat Kohli men to prove their mettle on the foreign soil. India has shown the right promise and they can do well there.
“It’s too early to say anything, only after we complete the entire circle of home and away. We have just done the home bit, I think 90 percent of cricket we have played in all series wins was at home. So if they can do well overseas, yes why not,” he said.
Kohli and India will have the chance to topple Ponting’s Australia when they face South Africa in a three-match series starting on January 5 at the Newlands. It won’t be an easy task, as the visitors have never won a series on the South African soil.