I am a big fan of Kohli’s captaincy: Ganguly

"I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. He is a captain who always wants to win matches on the field and I love that passion in him. I love the attitude and aggression in Kohli. He might lose sometimes and win sometimes but you know that he is playing to win it," Ganguly told reporters here.

Ganguly wants want Kohli to do better than him as a skipper.   -  PTI

Ganguly heaped praise on Test captain Virat Kohli for displaying a winning mentality and aggression on the cricket field.   -  REUTERS

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday heaped praise on Test captain Virat Kohli for displaying a winning mentality and aggression on the cricket field.

“I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. He is a captain who always wants to win matches on the field and I love that passion in him. I love the attitude and aggression in Kohli. He might lose sometimes and win sometimes but you know that he is playing to win it,” Ganguly told reporters here.

“It is also a proud moment for all to see him lead a side with such passion. I want Kohli to do better than me as a skipper. But his main challenge will be when India will tour abroad. Australia, England, South Africa will test his captaincy. All the best to him for the South Africa series,” he said.

India will play South Africa in three Twenty20 matches followed by five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and four Test matches, starting in October.

The 43-year-old, who is all set to take over as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal after the demise of Jagmohan Damliya, said the visiting South African team are a strong side, but India will have an upper hand because of the home conditions.

“South Africa series will be a competitive series. They have a good team and India has recently played well in Sri Lanka. It is a long series. I always say that at home India is always a strong side. South Africa has bowling quality to take 20 wickets, India too has quality bowlers along with spinners in these spinning tracks. It will be a challenge for South Africa to hold on to their form for such a long tour,” he said.

“Spinner Imran Tahir is such a bowler who has experience in him and he will come handy in these conditions. It will be a challenge for South Africa too as Indians are good players of spin,” Ganguly said.

He believes South African players with IPL experience will come handy in the upcoming series but pointed out that holding on to their form for such a long tour will be the key for the Proteas.

Ganguly also praised India cricket team director Ravi Shastri for his job.