first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly reckons Virat Kohli will have to be a bit patient with his bowlers because it won’t be easy to take wickets on a  regular basis in South Africa.India will be facing the Proteas in a three-match Test series with the first match to be played at Newlands from January 5.India have never won a Test series in South Africa and this will be the biggest challenge for him since he became the captain of the Test team in 2015.”Winning in India and winning away are two different things but I never say winning in India is easy you still have to win cricket matches. But this is where you judge how good you are.”I don’t think this tour will test Virat Kohli as a batsman but it will test him as captain. But you have to give him a bit of space also. We’ve all been there first times. Kohli is human so he will take a bit of time to adjust. He’s got to be a bit patient its not going to happen like in India. Your not going to throw it to Ashwin or whoever plays,” Ganguly told India Today’s Boria Majumdar.WATCH FULL VIDEO”Kohli has got to play a different game and hopefull Ravi (Shastri) will help him with captaincy. Be a bit patient with the spinners, fast bowlers will have to do their job. Kohli has to find a way to pull it back whenever the game gets away from him. And most important is the lengths. Somebody needs to go to his ears and tell him that you need to be absolutely full with the length. Bowlers have to make the batsmen drive through the off-side,” Dada added.advertisementGanguly is confident that as a batsman Kohli will be ready to face the music against the world-class bowling lineup that South Africa posses. Dealing with the likes of Dale Steyn, Kagirso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander won’t be easy but Kohli will be successful given his current form, feels the southpaw.”As a batsman he’s going back there as a different player. Those 4 hundreds in Australia has changed him. Ofcourse he will deliver. He needs a bit of luck early on those edges not getting to the slips. But once he gets through that 20-25 run on the first innings he’s going to be a different player then.Talking about the pace attack, Ganguly picked Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as India’s three frontline bowlers for the first Test. He also rated Ravichandran Ashwin as the best spin bowler in world cricket right now.”Ashwin is far above the rest, the only one you can compare him with his Nathan Lyon. I don’t think Moeen Ali or Keshave Maharaj are in the same league as Ashwin. He’s just got to be a bit patient and Virat has to be patient with him. Don’t expect Ashwin to get 5 for 50 on Day 1 if India lose the toss. It’s not going to happen there. Virat has to give him a role like Shane Warne did it for Australia.”Virat has to work with his fast bowlers. I think he may go with six batsmen and four specialist bowlers. He’s got to make the fast bowlers work hard and Ashwin has to bowl tight from the other end. I’d pick Shami, Ishant and Bhuvneshwar as the fast bowlers. I would be very tempted with Bumrah because he’s in terrific form but no warm-up games before the first Test so you don’t know. So you go with the tried and tested and pick Bhuvi, who’s been as good form as Bumrah,” Ganguly said.Kohli’s Team India had a phenomenal 2017, winning almost everything that was there to be won, barring the Champions Trophy.The sensational 2017 that India had therefore, has made sure that they are the most successful side in the last three years (January 1, 2015 to January 1, 2018).Under Kohli, India have won nine Test series and drew one. Out of the 12 bilateral series, India have won nine and lost three. One each to Bangladesh, South Africa and Australia — all of them have come in 2015. Since then, India are on a eight-series winning streak.However, after a tremendous 2017, where Kohli’s men won 37 matches across all formats — the second most in a calendar year, 2018 will provide a stiff challenge to the World No. 1 Test team starting with the Cape Town Test on Friday.”Skill is very important and it has to be backed by the mind. You have to take decisions and take the brunt up forward. Decide which is your strength, put the opposition batting under pressure and see what happens then. Win the toss and bat first for sure. It has to go that way. Anyways when Virat plays well this is a different team,” Ganguly signed off.advertisementlast_img

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