Kohli is similar to Ganguly: Irfan Pathan
Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli share something in common and that is aggression. Ganguly was known for his aggression during his playing days and Kohli is also aggressive and has a similar attitude as Ganguly. He is always active and dynamic and never shies away from a challenge.
The similarities between the captaincy styles of the two do not just end here. Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan believes there is another massive similarity between Kohli and Ganguly as captains. According to Pathan, Kohli takes good care of the youngsters by backing them just like Ganguly did in his career.
“He is very similar to Sourav Ganguly as well. A guy who backs his youngsters really, really well. Virat Kohli has that aura about him, that he goes out of his way to back the youngsters,” former Indian cricketer Pathan said in the latest episode of Star Sports chat show Cricket Connected.
“We have seen that with Rishabh Pant, we have seen the press conferences, he goes and says, ‘No, we need to back a guy like Rishabh Pant purely on his potential’,” Pathan added in a statement.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly, who is currently the BCCI President in a recent interview revealed that he spoke to the Indian captain Kohli over the upcoming tour to Australia this year and also told him that he expects his team to win.
“I have said that to Virat also,” Sourav Ganguly told India Today in an interview. “I said, ‘because you’re Virat Kohli, your standards are high. When you walk to play, when you walk with your team, I, watching on TV, don’t expect you to just play well against Australia. I expect you to win.”
“So for me, that is what it is. Because you have set the standards. It’s not anybody else. So you have to live up to the standards’,” Ganguly further added.