Unfair to compare Dhoni and Kohli: Ganguly

Unfair to compare Dhoni and Kohli: Ganguly

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said it is not ideal to equate the captaincy abilities of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli, who according to him will only become better with experience.

“There will be a strong urge compare Kohli and Dhoni. I don’t think the two can be compared and it would be unfair to do so as well,” Ganguly toldPTI in Sydney. “Kohli has got the job now and it is his for the near foreseeable future. He has got all the attributes for leadership and I think he will do well because he is aggressive and wants to win all the time. He will lead with passion and it will show on the field. And he will get better with experience and grow into this role,” he said.

Kohli, who captained the side in the first Test at Adelaide with Dhoni unavailable due to hand injury, took over the Test captaincy again after Dhoni retired from the longest format of the game post the third Test in Melbourne. The series resulting 2-0 in Australia’s favour does not highlight the aggressive intent shown by India during various stages in the Test series. India could have been on the winning side in two occasions at least had they not spilled the pivotal moments in the game.

For Kohli the batsman, he finally kissed his failures in England goodbye by aggregating 692 runs, a record for an Indian batsman against Australia in any Test series.

The problem for India throughout the series was their bowling that lacked penetration and was far from consistent. “Length and line bowling is a basic at this international level and is very important. Look at what Josh Hazlewood did on the fifth day. He bowled 8 overs for just 3 runs. He kept bowling one line and length and that’s just basic bowling,” said Ganguly.

“Indian bowlers simply have to find a way to do it. The talent is there. They are consistently bowling at 140-plus and you cannot be ordinary bowlers if you keep bowling at that speed. But discipline in Test cricket is always important and a key factor. Hopefully someone will be around to tell them that and they will learn it from this tour,” he added.