Sourav Ganguly comes in support of Virat Kohli


Colombo: India's Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni leaves the ground after their win in the match against SriLanka during the fifth ODI match in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI9_3_2017_000203B)

New Delhi: Supporting captain Virat Kohli, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly wrote in his column for a leading newspaper that India has a lot to play for in the final Test at Johannesburg .

Kohli is facing massive criticism after losing two matches against South Africa.

Indian batsmen failed to perform well in the second test against South Africa. Kohli has scored a brilliant 153 in the first innings but that was not enough to save India from a 135 run defeat.

“There is lot of talk going around about Virat Kohli’s leadership qualities. It is important to be patient as it is his first big overseas tour,” wrote Ganguly.

“Nobody really is a born leader and it is important that leaders are allowed to develop and grow. I am convinced Kohli will keep getting better at this. It is very important that as a leader you keep performing – that is the biggest challenge and this is where Kolhi has done remarkably well,” he further wrote.

Sourav had also suggested that India play an extra bowler on Johannesburg track.

“The hype is obviously about the pitch, about what India will get to play on. The groundsman has spoken about a green pitch but till a ball is bowled, you can never say what the track will be like exactly. There is also word that India will play five fast bowlers but they will have to be very careful because spin will be useful in a five-day game and variation is also important in a longer format,” wrote Ganguly.

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