Ganguly feels that Kohli will definitely come back stronger in the next match.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has come out in support of Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli had been on a rampaging form coming into the 4 match Test series against Australia. However, when the big test beckoned in the first Test at Pune, Kohli suffered a rare failure with the bat. He was dismissed on a duck after almost two years in Test cricket. He was caught in the slips on a duck on the second ball that he faced in the innings.
The second innings saw him leave a straighter delivery from Steve O’Keefe that shattered his woodwork. Many blamed that the Indian skipper should have shouldered more responsibly and perhaps could have saved India from an embarrassing defeat such as that. Now, Ganguly has rightly cited that even Kohli is a human being and such days are bound to come.
As per the quotes in India Today, Sourav Ganguly said, “Kohli is human and he had to fail one day. He failed in both innings in Pune. I think he played a little bit of a loose shot in the first innings outside the off stump but the Australians bowled him there.”
Adding a bit more to his point, he pointed out how Virat had singlehandedly tormented the Aussies with his batting when India toured Australia last time around. Albeit they lost the Test series, Kohli’s form was surreal. He had finished with 692 runs on the tour with 4 hundreds to his name.
“To watch those four back-to-back Test match hundreds against Australia in Australia (was surreal). I have not seen even Sachin Tendulkar do that. Getting four Test match hundreds in every venue on your second trip to Australia is a special special effort,” Ganguly conceded.