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Virat Kohli's India can dominate overseas too: Sourav Ganguly

The 44-year-old tipped Cheteshwar Pujara as the batsman who will be most critical to India's successes abroad

T2 Online Newsdesk 1 April 2017, 8:22 PM
Ganguly feels Kohli has a superbly balanced team

Ganguly feels Kohli has a superbly balanced team Image: AFP

Former Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly hopes that the current Test team, which recently clinched the Border-Gavaskar Trophy by defeating Australia 2-1, has the potential to win anywhere.

Ganguly also said he enjoyed seeing the journey of the players like Lokesh Rahul, Umesh Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, who gained the confidence and matched with experienced players like Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin.

India had a highly successful home season, in which they won 10, lost one and played out two draws as they held on to the world No.1 spot in ICC Test Rankings.

"Having watched the last 13 home Tests, I hope Virat and his team really has the potential to win anywhere -- in or outside India," Ganguly wrote in his column in International Cricket Council's (ICC) website on Friday.

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"Virat will consider himself lucky as I don't recall any Indian captain and his team having an opportunity to play as many as 13 Tests at home in a single season. You still have to win a game, even at home, but we all knew India would win at least eight Tests, and they won as many as 10, missing out on a sure win in one, saving one and losing one," the former skipper added.

Enjoyed the rise of the new generation: Ganguly

"More than the results, I enjoyed the journey, watching how players like Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav gained in confidence and matched the two champions, Virat and Ravichandran Ashwin," he added.

The 44-year-old tipped Cheteshwar Pujara as the batsman who will be most critical to India's successes abroad. The Saurashtra right-hander is known to bind the innings together and has the capability to grind it out under tough conditions -- the traits required the most in red-ball cricket.

"The one who stood out was Cheteshwar Pujara. I remember when he was dropped for a Test in the West Indies last year, I had said Pujara was a special batsman and shouldn't have been dropped," Ganguly recalled.

"A small matter of 1,316 runs have come from his bat this season and Pujara will be the most critical for Virat when India start travelling outside of the sub-continent," he added.

Coach Anil Kumble can make it tick: Ganguly

Ganguly also commented on Anil Kumble's coaching, saying that his former captain's coaching is very decisive like his bowling.

"When the BCCI appointed a three-member panel that had (Sachin) Tendulkar, Laxman and me to help in the process of selecting a coach, Anil's vision was as decisive as his bowling used to be. He wanted India to win in India obviously, but outside of India too. And while he knew it was easier said than done, his assessment of the situation was superb," Ganguly said.

"With him, I hope the spinners, who generally always do pick wickets by the bucket loads in India, contribute to the team's success when they travel abroad, just like Anil and Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) did. That would fit the last riddle in the jigsaw puzzle Virat and his team will hope to solve," he added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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