Sourav Ganguly feels India skipper Virat Kohli's legacy will not be defined by runs

Sudhir Gupta 26/07/2018
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Ganguly believes Virat Kohli's legacy will be defined by his captaincy.

Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli will not be judged on the amount of runs he scores in the upcoming Test series against England.

The current India skipper has not enjoyed the best of times in his previous visit to England in 2014 where he could only muster 134 runs from 10 innings at a dismal average of 13.40.

Ganguly, in a chat with Harsha Bhogle on Cricbuzz Unplugged, stated that Kohli’s captaincy legacy will be decided by a whole set of other factors rather than the number of runs he scores.

“Virat Kohli will not be judged just by the runs he scores. That’ll remain, he will keep scoring runs till the time he plays because he’s a very good player. But for me, Virat Kohli will be judged by how he takes Indian cricket with him. And that’s very, very important. Hope he has the right people around him, to guide him and make sure that life becomes a little easy for him. Because it’s going to get harder,” Ganguly said.

Kohli struggled during India's previous tour of England in 2014.

Kohli struggled during India’s previous tour of England in 2014.

“With overseas trips, the longer he spends as captain, his form – up and down – so it’s only going to get harder. So hopefully he has people around him who help him and guide him. And that will be his legacy – where he leaves Indian cricket as a captain,” he added.

Kohli and his men are currently participating in a three-day warm-up game against Essex at Chelmsford before they take on the hosts in the first Test which gets underway on August 1 at Edgbaston.

The Indian captain put in a solid showing with the bat in India’s first-innings total of 395 in the warm-up game with a fluent knock of 68.

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Rashid was named in England's 13-man squad for the first Test.

Adil Rashid’s recall to the England Test squad for the upcoming five-match series against India has not gone down too well with Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur.

The leg-spinner could be set to make his first Test appearance for England since December, 2016 after he was named in the 13-man squad for the series opener at Edgbaston. This comes after Rashid had turned his back on the five-day format and signed a white-ball only contract with his county outfit Yorkshire for the ongoing English domestic season.

We’re very surprised that England have called Adil up after not playing red-ball cricket this season. Neither has he expressed a desire to do so,” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“I hope that England know what they’re doing to Adil, and the county game,” he added.

Rashid dismissed Virat Kohli twice in the ODI series.

Rashid dismissed Virat Kohli twice in the ODI series.

The wrist-spinner’s performance in the recently concluded three-match ODI series between England and India seems to have swayed the selectors to include him in the Test squad.  Rashid accounted for India skipper Virat Kohli’s wicket twice in the series.

That showing had led to murmurs about a possible Test recall with England head coach Trevor Bayliss among those to champion for his recall. Rashid too, had stated that he would be open to a Test recall in his column for Sky Sports.

“If England do want me to be part of the squad for the Test series against India, if the selectors come and show faith in me, I would consider it,” he had stated in his column.

Rashid is the only other spinner in the 13-man squad apart from Moeen Ali who was handed a Test recall too after being dropped from the squad during England’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

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Michael Hussey advises Indian bowlers on how to tackle Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman in Asia Cup

Waseem Ahmed 25/07/2018
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Fakhar Zaman has been in breathtaking form of late.

Australia batting great Michael Hussey has some advice for India bowlers on how to tackle Pakistan’s in-form batsman Fakhar Zaman in the upcoming Asia Cup in the UAE.

Fakhar has been in sensational form of late and had a stellar ODI series against Zimbabwe where he became the first Pakistan batsman and sixth overall to register a double ton in the 50-over format.

The left-handed opener scored a staggering 515 runs in the five innings at a whopping average of 257.5 and also became the fastest to the 1, 000-run mark in ODIs.

Hussey believes Indian bowlers should take pace off the ball to combat the swashbuckling opener.

“So plans for India against Fakhar is got to be nice, tight line and length, be very disinclined and try and maintain that pressure, try and build up some pressure on him with some dot balls and make him go for the big shots earlier than what he wants to do,” the Aussie told the Press Trust of India.

Fakhar Zaman became Pakistan's first ODI double centurion.

Fakhar Zaman became Pakistan’s first ODI double centurion.

“I think change of pace could work against him because he goes hard at the ball, taking the pace off it (the ball) could be advantageous,” he added.

The former Australia batsman is currently in India as part of the commentary team for the ongoing Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

The 43-year-old believes India and Pakistan will be the frontrunners for the six-team Asia Cup while tagging Afghanistan as the dark horses.

“Looking ahead towards the Asia Cup, India and Pakistan are the favourites, both been playing some excellent ODI cricket and (are) quality ODI teams,” he said.

“But the surprise package could be Afghanistan, any team with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb (Ur Rahman) in them, is not easy to beat, so keep an eye, so if they score enough runs, they are going to be hard to beat.”

The schedule for the Asia Cup was released on Tuesday with India and Pakistan’s Group A clash to take place on September 19 at Dubai.

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