KOLKATA: Sourav Ganguly, former Indian cricket team skipper, today hailed the way current captain Virat Kohli has come out in support of an under-fire MS Dhoni in the twilight of his career.
“He (Kohli) is a fantastic captain. I don’t know what he does inside dressing room or what he does tactically, as I’m too far away (from the team). I don’t know what he speaks in team meetings but the way he looks after his players is remarkable,” Ganguly said during a book launch here.
“I keep saying about MS Dhoni and what I see of Virat on MS is fantastic. A champion player (Dhoni) who’s probably on his last leg of his career and Virat coming and saying that he’s my man and I want him to play. You just change a player,” he added.
A few former India cricketers, including VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar, recently raised questions about Dhoni’s T20I future, creating quite a storm in the country’s cricketing circles.
Kohli, however, has said his friendship with Dhoni has grown immensely over the years and it’s a blessing to have him in the side.
Ganguly said: “He’s top class cricketer, one of the best India have produced for a long long time. He reaches out, he handles it well.
“I like Virat Kohli and when I see him on the field, I sit on my sofa and watch. I’ve said it many times he’s a champion player. When I see him captaining India, he wants to win in all conditions. He’s very passionate,” Ganguly lavished praise on the current Indian skipper.
Asked about his style of captaincy, Ganguly said: “Everyone has their own style. You have to allow an individual to blossom, allow to deliver.”
Ganguly said his best legacy was to create the self belief of winning away matches.
“It’s difficult to identify one series. We were 0-1 down and won 2-1 against Australia was remarkable in 2001,” said the 45-year-old former skipper.
“But I keep saying you always be judged how you do outside India. Of all our wins, Pakistan was good as well. It’s the belief we had of winning way that’s the legacy. After Dravid took over captaincy, we went to England and won there in 2007, so it’s the belief we can win away,” he added.