Kolkata, July 22
Former captain Sourav Ganguly stays the “catalyst” for transformation of Team India and the “fearless” Virat Kohli has taken it to a different degree, remarked ex-England cricketer David Lloyd on Wednesday.
The cricketer-turned-commentator was referring to the India-Australia Test rivalry within the early 2000s when the Ganguly-led India first gained an epic house contest 2-1 earlier than securing a 1-1 draw Down Under in a traditional four-Test sequence to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
“I’m a massive fan of Ganguly by the way. I think Sourav Ganguly gave the team a real steel that we will not be dictated by quick bowlers because we’re going to find some of our own players,” the 73-year-old stated in a chat present on Sony Ten’s Pit Stop.
“It was all the time a suggestion that India, away from house, don’t just like the bouncing ball. Ganguly went to Australia absolutely ready for the bouncing ball.
“Of course, India in India, it’s unbelievably tough. But you all the time felt that India away from house that you simply’ve obtained each probability. Ganguly was the catalyst. Ganguly, and there was the duo of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
Ganguly is likely one of the most profitable Indian Test captains so far, profitable 21 out of 49 matches with 11 of them coming away from house.
“…Now if you’re bringing a quality spinner and you’ve got a couple of pacemen, you’re in business, not only in India, you’re in business worldwide. And I think Ganguly has been a massive influence on Indian cricket. I think he’s been the catalyst for Indian cricket to be a worldwide force,” he stated.
In the present occasions, the previous English left-hander stated Kohli has taken the workforce to a different degree.
“Apart from his (Kohli) greatness as a player he is a great leader. He’s a fighter and he fears nothing. That is so important. He fears nothing.”
“I think my own view about Kohli is that he is there to win matches. He’s not there to accumulate runs for himself, he is there to win matches and ‘I will lead by example because I’m the best’,” Lloyd stated.
Lloyd was additionally all reward for Ben Stokes and put him within the listing of nice all-rounders corresponding to Gary Sobers, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Kapil Dev.
“He’s a really fine cricketer and in that all-round category of the greats, from England point of view, Botham, Flintoff, Kapil Dev in India and all-time Windies great Gary Sobers. He has cemented himself in that place.”
Stokes scored 176 from 356 balls within the first innings of the second Test towards West Indies underneath tough situations, solely to vary gears within the second essay to smash the quickest Test fifty by an English opener.
Stokes, who climbed to the primary place within the ICC all-rounder rankings, additionally claimed three wickets to assist his facet win by 113 runs and tie the three-match sequence 1-1.
Reflecting on the match, the English commentator felt that the Jason Holder-led facet messed it up within the first hour’s play after they put England in by bowling terribly.
“The name at that time was a proper one with the dampness round. It did rain for 3 weeks with none sunshine. It was a cloudy day. But within the first hour, they bowled terribly.
“It was shocking. They bowled outside the line and should have made them play. Wests Indies did not really recover from that,” he stated.
The third and last Test is starting on Friday. PTI