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Sourav Ganguly says Virat Kohli hasn't been tested as a captain yet

Dada thinks the litmus test of Kohli's captaincy will be when India tour England, South Africa or Australia

Utathya Nag utathya10 31 July 2017, 8:31 PM
Ganguly feels Kohli has a superbly balanced team

Ganguly feels Kohli has a superbly balanced team Image: AFP

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli's true test as a skipper is yet to come as the India team hasn't yet gone up against adverse conditions in England, Australia or South Africa under his leadership.

Ganguly, while speaking to India Today on India's smashing 304-run victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, said, "Virat hasn't been tested yet. Sri Lanka is probably not the strongest Test side at the moment. For me, the fans as well as for Virat Kohli himself, the yardstick will be how well his side performs in South Africa, Australia and England."

When asked for a prediction for the series, Dada opined that the current Indian squad was a little too strong for the current Lankan team to handle.

"India are perfectly balanced with so much firepower in their batting, bowling and fielding. Sri Lanka on the other hand, have a lot to worry about," Ganguly was quoted as saying.

"The last two years they have been wonderful, especially away from home. Under Anil they won everything in the West Indies and then came the home season. I feel India won't be challenged in these conditions. Kohli is absolutely right when he said in the post match ceremony that 'they have been clinical in their performance'," he added.

Virat has had an impressive start to his captaincy and helped the India squad reclaim and retain their no. 1 Test status. The Delhi batsman has an enviable 62% win record in Tests and has won 17 of the 27 Tests he has captained India in, drawing 7 and losing only 3.

However, 9 of the 11 overseas Tests India has played under Virat have been against comparatively weaker opponents like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The two against Australia in the 2014-15 season ended with a loss and a draw for Kohli.

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