Mohali: India Test captain Virat Kohli has had a much easier path than that of Sunil Gavaskar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, believes former skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Kohli has captained India in 20 Tests till now, and has the distinct record of winning 12, drawing six, and losing just two. Interestingly, Dhoni also had the exact same record after his first 20 Tests as the skipper.
However, Ganguly said that modern records cannot be compared with the kind that players like Gavaskar had, because cricket was much different back then.
“Cricket has changed since the times of Gavaskar because there were more drawn Test matches then and there are more result-oriented games now,” Ganguly told India Today. “You see around the world, Test matches finish in four days.”
However, Ganguly, who had led India to the 2003 World Cup final, and also built India into one of the best Test sides back in his day, believes that it was much more difficult for Dhoni to get this record.
“Kohli has played a lot of Test matches at home which is easier,” he said. “From that point of view, he has had little bit of advantage over Gavaskar and MS Dhoni.
“But we can't take the credit away from him,” continued Ganguly. “He has beaten West Indies in West Indies (2016) and Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka (2015). He's done superbly but these records will change once they start going away. I think that's where it will be the real challenge for Virat Kohli and (head coach) Anil Kumble.”...