Virat Kohli Is More Skillful Than I Am

New Delhi: Former India captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, on Saturday, showered praises on talismanic batter Virat Kohli. The 50-year-old also spoke about how every player goes through media scrutiny if he is going through a lean patch in terms of runs.Also Read – Exclusive: ‘Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Taught Me A lot’- Sarfaraz Khan Set Sights On Debut After Remarkable Domestic Season

Notably, both Ganguly and Kohli played an aggressive brand of cricket as captains but the current BCCI president feels captaincy should not be compared. Also Read – Video: When Queen Elizabeth II Met Ex Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli, Netizen’s Asked Him To Bring Back Kohinoor

“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. Also Read – Rohit Sharma Taking Virat Kohli’s Interview Is The Best Thing On Internet Today, Watch Video

“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,” he added.

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’,” he said.

“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,” he added.

During his playing days, Ganguly too went through many ups and downs, especially after his face-off with then-India coach Greg Chappell. The former left-hand batter said that cricketers should take 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,” said Ganguly.

“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,” he added.

The veteran explained how the game has changed over time.

“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,” Ganguly said.

Inputs from IANS

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