Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly

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Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly
Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly

Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly

Back in form with a blazing century at the Asia Cup, Virat Kohli has earned praise from BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who said the star Indian batter is “more skilful” than him as a player.

Both captains played an aggressive style of cricket, but Ganguly said, Kohli is more skilled than him.

“I don’t think that (captaincy) should be the comparison… The comparison should be in terms of skill as a player. I think he is more skilful than I’m,” Ganguly said of Kohli in the ‘Ranveer Show’ on YouTube.

Kohli just scored his first international century in 1020 days after making a month-long hiatus as he slammed a 61-ball 122 not out during India’s final Super 4 match against Afghanistan in Dubai on Thursday.

Showering praise on Kohli, Ganguly further said:

“We played in different generations, and we played a lot of cricket. I played in my generation, and he will continue playing, probably playing more games than I did.

“Currently, I have played more than what he has but he’ll get past that. He is tremendous.”

“Cricket has become a bit more hectic, busy. COVID for the last two seasons has made it even tougher because of quarantine and all that went on. But the rewards are good.”

Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly - CricTelegraph
Virat Kohli is more skilful than me: Sourav Ganguly – CricTelegraph
Asked whether he gave Kohli any advice when he was struggling for form, Ganguly said:

“I don’t get to see them. The poor guys travel a lot.”

“Everybody has been under media scrutiny. Just the names keep changing over a period of time. I won’t get to know half of it because I didn’t read so much. I would enter a hotel and the first thing I would say at the reception, ‘Boss, don’t put the newspaper under my door in the morning’.

“But now, obviously, it’s a lot more; social media is on your computer and phone. But I think cricketers find a way to shut that off,” Ganguly added.

After nearly three years, Kohli finally hit the elusive three-figure mark, but in a format “he least expected to.”

In the list of most centuries, his 71st international hundred put him next to the legendary Ricky Ponting. With 100 ton, Sachin Tendulkar is still far ahead.

Ganguly experienced several highs and lows during his playing career, particularly following his altercation with the then-India coach Greg Chappell.

Ganguly said cricketers should view the setbacks positively.

“I didn’t go through any trauma. I just had good days and bad days. I had less pressure, a bit more pressure and too much pressure… I don’t consider it as trauma.

“Young people should also look at it that way. I can say it now because I’m a bit more experienced. But the young ones should look at it as an opportunity and move on.”

On today’s fast-paced game, Ganguly said:

“The game is different. It has gotten faster, shorter, more sixes, more boundaries, and not many deliveries left outside the off stump. The game has changed.”