Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said that Virat Kohli’s captaincy of IPL will not affect the World Cup as he has a good record in ODI form. Ganguly said that the biggest advantage for Kohli is that he will get along with two successful captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. Kohli’s leadership skills are being questioned by the consistent failure of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. However, Ganguly said that the Indian captaincy is completely different.
Ganguly said, “Do not compare Virat Kohli’s IPL captaincy record with India. His captaincy record for India is very good. Rohit is vice-captain with him. Dhoni is in the team. That’s why they will get good support.”
This 46-year-old former cricketer believes that Hardik Pandya will play a key role in the Indian campaign in the World Cup starting from May 30. Ganguly said, “Hardik Pandya will play an important role. She is in the best form. It will be very important for India.”
Ganguly chose India, Australia, England, and Pakistan in the four semi-final teams.
He said, “Pakistan’s record in World Tournament is remarkable. Two years ago, they won the Champions Trophy. They also won the World Twenty20 in England in 2009. Pakistan has always been playing well in England.”
Ganguly though said that Kohli’s team does not need to worry about Pakistan.
He added, “But I do not believe in the record. All teams have to perform well for the win. India’s team is very good. It would be very difficult to beat India. The team which has players such as Kohli, Rohit, and Shikhar Dhawan cannot be said to be weak.”