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Virat Kohli gets special appreciation from Sourav Ganguly

[caption id="attachment_9755" align="aligncenter" width="580"]Sourav-with-Virat Virat Kohli with former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. File Pic[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: Former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly thinks that current skipper Virat Kohli is the best cricketer in the world right now and backed the Delhi boy to take the nation’s cricket to a different level. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, the Men in Blue won the ODI series in South Africa and thumped them in the T20I series as well. The India skipper scored 871 runs in the tour to become the only batsman to hit 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series.

He achieved 912 rating points in ICC rankings to go past Brian Lara in ICC’s Best-Ever Rankings. Above him is just Sunil Gavaskar who reached 916 points in September 1979.

“Virat is also in the form of his life, I think the way he’s played, he’s the best player in the world at the moment. When I see him on the field, I see a lot of honesty. It’s like you get what you see with him. Everything is there and also he’s a class player. So I have tremendous regard for him and tremendous faith in him that he’s going to take Indian Cricket to the next level,” Ganguly told CricketNext.

Ganguly also feels that Kohli’s captaincy is just like him. The Prince of Calcutta also compared Kohli’s style to Dhoni’s and added that the nation is very lucky to have them both.

He said, “I think Dhoni and Kohli are different personalities. Kohli is very expressive, and so was I. But Kohli has probably taken it one step further. I have to find out, whom does he show that fist to every time a wicket falls.

“Dhoni was calm, that doesn’t take the nervousness or pressure away from anyone. For Virat Kohli, it’s his way of taking pressure away from everyone, and it was same for me. For Dhoni it was to absorb. So every captain is different and I think India is very fortunate to have Dhoni and Kohli.”

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