Internet Desk: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly thinks that Virat Kohli is yet to be tested as captain of the team and the World No.1 Test side must be judged on how they perform in the tough conditions during their tour to South Africa, Australia and England.
Virat Kohli & Co. outplayed the hosts Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test at Galle to take a 1-0 lead in the series but Ganguly belives that the Sri Lankan team doesn’t have the fire-power to give a headache to this ‘perfectly balanced’ Indian side.
“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,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by India Today.
“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.
The present CAB President believes that Kohli and his team will have to show a lot of character while touring to places like South Africa, Australia and England, where the team hasn’t performed well in the past.
“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,” said the former India skipper.
“Sri Lanka have a lot to think about on how to get batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane out. If they don’t bowl well they will have to field a lot in these hot and humid conditions,” Ganguly added.
After talking a crucial 1-0 lead in the three match Test series, India will be eying a series win, which starts on August 3 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.