KOLKATA: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today back current skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling and said that the team needs more time to prepare for tough assignments like the upcoming South Africa tour.
Kohli yesterday complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for big series such as the upcoming tour of South Africa, a criticism that the BCCI promised to address with “utmost seriousness”.
Echoing Kohli’s concerns, Ganguly said, “He (Kohli) was talking about scheduling of cricket which is so correct. You got to give teams time to prepare when they go to South Africa.”
Ganguly was speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017 here.
Ganguly also lavished praise on Kohli who has notched up 50 International century at the Eden Test against Sri Lanka.
He said Kohli can challenge Sachin Tendulkar’s 49 ODI hundreds but the challenge would be to match the Little Master’s 51 hundreds in Test. “Virat will get very close to Sachin’s ODI hundreds which is 49. He is already 32. He will get close to that. He has got to stay fit. When I was playing, from 1996-2003, I had 22 ODI hundreds in 7 years,” Ganguly said.
“I see that with Kohli as well. He has got 30 odd in about nine years. It gets tougher with age. It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli,” said Ganguly, who has 22 centuries in 311 ODIs and 16 Test tons in 113 games.
“He (Kohli) plays a lot of cricket. I personally feel he will get there to 50 international hundreds with the amount of ODIs that are played. The challenge will be in Test matches to get that far. It’s a terrific feeling to have seen Sachin and now you are seeing this boy,” Ganguly added.