Virat Kohli outstanding, I wasn’t half of what he is: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgSourav Ganguly said he wasn’t half of what Virat Kohli is on the field as a captain and crowd energiser soon after India’s fantastic come-from-behind victory over Australia in the Bengaluru Test to draw level in the four-match series. (Scorecard)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia had been crushed in Pune by 333 runs and they were mostly lagging behind in the second Test. Kohli has so far only garnered 40 runs from four innings but he led his side admirably as India defended 188 against a power-packed Australian line-up.Kohli often draws comparisons with Ganguly for his sheer aggression and passion on the field. However, the Dada of Indian cricket said the current Indian Test captain has taken it one step further with his brilliant batting, fielding and his ability to marshall the crowd. (Bengaluru Test: Ravichandran Ashwin’s 6/41 seals sensational victory for India)”I was not half of what Kohli is on the field. He has just taken it one step further. I love watching him on the ground,” Ganguly told India Today. “But he has got to be careful. He has got to get the balance in terms of batting and captaincy.”However, Ganguly also had a word of caution for Kohli, who does not shy away from a verbal joust on the field. In Bengaluru, Kohli taunted Matt Renshaw over the toilet incident and gave Steve Smith a send-off after he sought help from the dressing room over a referral. (Virat Kohli furious after Steve Smith tries to cheat)”He (Kohli) has got to stay off the match referee’s radar. Someone is going to pounce on him soon like they used to be with me,” Ganguly said.advertisementGanguly suggested the banter and the sledging should not be taken too far and all animosity be left on the field: “Let’s just enjoy the banter between the players and not take it too far”. (Ravichandran Ashwin concedes he was trying too hard after storming back to form)A few former Australian cricketers have been harsh on Kohli after the sledge-fest that dominated proceedings on Saturday. Ian Healy even said he was losing respect for Kohli while Mark Waugh said the captain’s negativity was rubbing off on the entire team. (Ravichandran Ashwin takes revenge on Mitchell Starc, pockets 6/41)”It does not matter what Healy and Mark said. I played with them and saw how they reacted on the cricket field. I am sure Kohli would not care too much either,” Ganguly said.last_img read more