Sourav Ganguly believes that Kohli and Kumble are yet to be tested
Published - Nov 22, 2016 7:13 am | Updated - Nov 22, 2016 7:13 am
While the Kumble-Kohli relationship seems to be working quite well given the fact that they are the top-ranked Test side in the world, former skipper Sourav Ganguly believes that the duo is yet to be Tested. In the Test circuit, Kumble has an impeccable record as a coach, one which sees him claiming six wins of the nine matches played thus far.
Sourav Ganguly, while having a decent record at home, has a very good away record as well, something only MS Dhoni and Mohammad Azharuddin can claim to have better ones. However, with a plethora of matches being played against average Test sides as well as in familiar conditions, there is logic in the words spoken by the former Indian skipper.
“Kohli has set a very good record for him but he has played a lot of his Tests at home. It helps when you play at home. But credit to him.” Ganguly told India Today.
Ganguly also believed that there was very little captaincy burden on the shoulders of Virat Kohli at the moment. “Captaincy is such a thing that gets heavier on you as time goes. The initial days are pretty good. The real test for Virat Kohli as captain will come when India start playing overseas. It has been easy going for him so far.”
“Kumble and Kohli haven’t been tested yet. We have got to judge them after a while. It’s still happy days. I will hold my judgment for a while.”
The 43-year old also went on to make a comparison between the England team now and the one that came on the tour in 2012. “Even in 2012, England lost the first Test and came back to win the series but that was a far better English side than this one. You win the toss and you have a huge advantage. There’s a lot of cricket left in this Test series. The toss will be crucial,” he said.