Sourav Ganguly believes India will do well in England and Australia under Virat Kohli

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Sourav Ganguly believes India will do well in England and Australia under Virat Kohli

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02/27/2018

Sourav Ganguly was quite impressed with Virat Kohli's terrific performance in South Africa and has claimed that the Indian team would do well under him in the tours of England and Australia. Ganguly was also all-praise for Jasprit Bumrah touting him as the emerging future of Indian fast bowling.

Kohli exhibited a brilliant display of leadership and batting during the South Africa series as he guided the side to a thumping 5-1 victory in the ODIs and also contributed significantly in T20I series. It has, to a large extent, resolved the ambiguity surrounding Team India’s strengths away from home. Ganguly seemed pretty impressed with it and has claimed that India have a good chance to beat England in June and Australia later in the year.

“He [Kohli] has taken batting to new heights and it makes us feel good for the upcoming visits to England and Australia because this team has the potential to win Test series in those two countries which is the ultimate achievement for any touring side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have only got better, and the latter has emerged as the future of fast bowling for India,” the former Indian skipper wrote in his column for TOI.

India played three Test matches in South Africa, losing twice to concede the series in the first two games itself. However, the third Test in Johannesburg saw the side win their first game and successfully avoid the whitewash. Thereafter, the side has been on a rampaging run in the limited overs format winning both the ODI and T20I series. The former Indian skipper has pointed out the third Test and last T20I match played in Cape Town as the crucial games.

“After a difficult start to the tour of South Africa, India will be happy that they turned it around and returned with heads held high. It was also creditable to win that last match at Cape Town, where they lost the first Test (and the series) and then came back to win both the ODIs and T20s. And it was creditable that they won the last game without the services of Virat Kohli, who had a stiff back,” Ganguly added.

“A target of 172 was not a big one looking at the way the T20 series went, but India defended really well. The difference in the win may have only been seven runs but South Africa had a lot of catching up to do.”

Despite losing the Test series, the Indian skipper topped the maximum run scorer list with 286 runs in three games and also led the ODIs chart with 558 runs in six matches, including three centuries and one fifty.

“For India the standout for the entire tour was Virat Kohli; not only with his batting but also his inspirational leadership, especially at the Wanderers. Such performances actually make the team believe that they are better and stronger. He may have got a 40 on that pitch, but the guts and body language right throughout the Test changed the complexion for the remainder of the tour.”

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