Former Indian speedster Zaheer Khan said that the current Indian skipper reminds him of his Sourav Ganguly. He also praised the current Indian team for their stellar performances in whites.
Speaking to IANS in an interview, Zaheer cherished his olden days with the Indian side playing under Dhoni and Dada. He termed that Kohli’s attitude and tactical moves on the field somehow have a close resemblance to Sourav Ganguly in the past.
“Sourav made us believe that we can win overseas and inspired us to play with a lot of aggression. Dhoni was calm through tough situations, yet aggressive in his approach. We won the World Cup under him, so it was always very special playing under his leadership“, said Zaheer Khan.
“Virat is a lot like dada (Ganguly), he is expressive, bold in his decisions and always pumps the team up through crunch situations. His sublime batting form is always reflective of the way he leads the team on the field. I wish to see him lift the World Cup for India one day“, he added.
Zaheer speaks on Indian pace attack
Zaheer said that it is so exciting to be a pace bowler in the Indian team. It is to be noted that the likes of Bumrah and the latest sensation Saini are fetching a lot of accolades for their spells in recent times.
“These are exciting times to be a fast bowler in India. The likes of Bumrah, Shami, Ishant, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Navdeep Saini among others have proven the fact that the current Indian team is a powerhouse of bowling and it is by far the best bowling attack in the world. It feels fantastic as a fast bowler and I hope they keep putting in the hard work and maintain the rhythm which has seen them achieve results“, said Zaheer.
India is currently at the top of the ICC World Test championship table with 120 points. The series against the Proteas starting this week should aid India to maintain its position due to the home advantage.
The first game will be played at Vishakapatnam starting Wednesday. The Indian side will be trying out Rohit Sharma as an opener in the longest format of the game. All eyes on him on how well he will make use of the opportunity.