India will be challenged when they go to South Africa: Sourav Ganguly
India will face New Zealand after the T20I series against Australia.
Published - Oct 3, 2017 12:30 am | Updated - Oct 3, 2017 12:30 am
Though the Indian team is currently dominating over the top-class sides like Australia, many cricket experts have said time and again that the real test of Virat Kohli will be when he travels abroad and faces a world-class team like South Africa. Speaking about India’s superb 4-1 ODI series win over the Aussies, Ganguly said that Kohli’s men will have a walk in the park against New Zealand and Sri Lanka as well, but it will be interesting to see how the players perform in South Africa.
The ODI series is over and it is time for the T20 action to commence, as the pundits are predicting India to win this series as well, looking at their red-hot form. Much has been narrated about the leader of the pack, Virat Kohli, and some have predicted that he will go on to be one of the greatest skippers India ever had. A former Indian great, Ganguly stated that Kohli has exactly what it takes to be a remarkable skipper, but his team must deliver in the overseas conditions.
“Virat Kohli has got qualities of being one of India’s great captains, there’s no doubt about it. I think next 15 months will be important for him when India go to South Africa, England, Australia and the World Cup. I think he is in the right direction. He is preparing his team, he’s picking players and giving opportunities. They will beat New Zealand and Sri Lanka, there’s no doubt about it. India will be challenged when they go to South Africa but I feel this side has got the ability to do well there as well,” said Dada, while talking to India Today.
India are far superior to New Zealand and Sri Lanka
Looking at how the men in blue are tearing apart Steve Smith‘s men, the ‘Prince of Kolkata’ feels teams like New Zealand and Sri Lanka, whom India are scheduled to face, are nothing in comparison to Kohli’s men.
“India completely dominated Sri Lanka and Australia. They have looked a far-far superior side in the batting and bowling departments. That has been the case for Indian cricket in the last one and a half years. Except that blip in the Champions Trophy final, they have been a remarkable side. New Zealand and Sri Lanka will come next and I think India will be relentless again. They are far superior side than those two teams,” Ganguly opined.