Laxman picks the best Test captain between Kohli and Ponting
Indian captain Virat Kohli has scripted history as he equalled legendary Ricky Ponting’s record for scoring most Test hundreds as captain when he went on to essay a flamboyant 26th Test century against South Africa in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.
The run-machine is just one ton away from equaling Ponting’s record of most centuries as skipper across all formats of the game. So, the question arises as to who is the best captain between the two in the longest format of the game.
Former India Test great Very Very Special Laxman was asked the same question and he was quick to answer to the question.
“I’d be a bit biased here, I’d go with Kohli,” the cricketer-turned-commentator said during the Lunch break on 2nd Day of the 2nd Test between India and South Africa on broadcasting chat show.
However, behind Laxman’s pick, there is a valid point. He further added to explain his point as he argued that Ricky Ponting had a better team when he started off as Test captain, while Kohli had to start from scratch.
“Ponting was handed a great team from Steve Waugh. They had match-winners from 1 to 11 in that side. There was Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Martin, Symonds, Gilchirst in the batting department.
There was McGrath, Gillespie, Warne, Lee in the bowling unit. But that was not the case with Kohli. When Kohli took over from Dhoni, he had a young side,” Laxman said.
“The bowling unit, Shami, Bhuvneshwar, Ishant were still grooming. There was no Bumrah. So Kohli had to build up his team,” he added.