Virat Kohli will be rated one of the greatest captains if India do well overseas: Sourav Ganguly to India Today
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli’s Team India has the capability to be the best in the world in Test cricket.Kohli on Wednesday etched his name in the history books after India clinched the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0.With this series victory against Sri Lanka, Kohli has now led Team India to nine consecutive Test series victories. Kohli equalled former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of nine consecutive series victories as captain. Under Ponting, Australia won nine straight series from 2005 to 2008.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia have now joined Australia and England with nine successive series wins. England recorded nine straight series triumphs from 1884 to 1892.Kohli’s first series victory as captain came against the same opposition in 2015 in Sri Lanka. He followed that up with victories against South Africa (home), West Indies in 2016 (away), New Zealand in 2017 (home), England (home), Australia (home), Bangladesh (home), Sri Lanka (away).CHAMPIONS! #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/R7viJWJRU7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2017Ganguly, however, once again reiterated that India are yet to reach Australia’s level, who dominated world cricket in the past.”Best in the world and history in Australia, during our era and the WestIndies in our time. We have nine series win, out which I think seven inIndia so, they have to go away and do well,” Ganguly told India Today.”I believe they have got the 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. I wish them all the best when they travel to South Africa and as I said, I believe they can win there and they can put up a good performance.advertisement”It’s too early to say, you only say after they have completed the entire circle of home and away. They have just done the home bit, I think 90 per cent of cricket they played in those nine series win was at home and then they go away now for the remaining about 15 Test matches on the trot away. So if they can do well, 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 easy however, as the visitors have never won a series at the Proteas’ den.”I just get a feeling that the captain wants a team who can win abroad. Virat Kohli’s legacy will be what he does in the next 12 months in South Africa, England and Australia and then in the World Cup in 2019.”Of course, That 21 number will come, may be next series or the one after. He is going to captain India for a while, he is going to play for a while so that is going to come at some stage.”What will be important for Virat is not just numbers but the legacy. When you judge captain, how good they are, whether they are greats or all-time greats, it’s also about the legacy and about what they do. As I said 15 Test matches to follow, if he does well, wins a series away and does well in England, South Africa and Australia, he will be hailed as one of the greats,” he added.Kohli remains the third most successful Indian captain in the history with 20 victories from 32 matches. Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack with 27 victories from 60 Tests as captain. Sourav Ganguly is second with 20 wins from 49 Tests as captain.2017 has been a momentous year for the Indian captain personally as well.Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka). He has been rested from the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka and will now play for India only from January 5 when the first Test against South Africa gets underway.Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (2868) holds the record for most international runs in a calendar year. Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting, who had amassed 2833 runs in 2005 is second in the list. Kohli is third.