‘He will come back and…’ – Former captain Sourav Ganguly makes big prediction for Virat Kohli ahead of 100th Test

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Virat Kohli will be joining an elite list of Indian cricketers as he is all set to play his 100th Test on Friday. He will become the 11th Indian cricketer to accomplish this feat. Among the Indian cricketers who have played 100 or more red-ball games for the Asian side, the current BCCI president and former captain Sourav Ganguly happens to be one.

The last few months saw both Kohli as well as Ganguly getting indulged in an infamous captaincy controversy. Both of them were seemingly not on the same page. While refusing to revisit the controversial saga, Ganguly recently praised the 33-year-old, and welcomed him to the 100-Test club.

He went on to praise Kohli’s technique, and drew light on how the batting maestro changed his game after the England tour in 2014. Ganguly stated that he was closely following that series, as he was working as a commentator there. The BCCI president compared Kohli to Rahul Dravid, who was at his peak during 2002-2005.

Virat Kohli will get past this phase too: Sourav Ganguly

“His technique, his positivity, his footwork, his balance…I like all of that. Above all, the way Virat changed his game after 2014 in England when he was struggling. I saw that Test series because I was working as a commentator there. And he had a remarkable five years after that. That’s what normally happens. I saw that with Rahul Dravid between 2002 to 2005. You see great players having these phases where they are at their peak. Sachin had many,” said Sourav Ganguly, as quoted by Hindustan Times.

While Kohli hasn’t been in the best of form of late and has been below-par and according to his standards, Ganguly felt that he will overcome his lean patch. He was of the opinion that Kohli will start scoring the big runs again.

“He will come back and get hundreds. I know about all this talk, with him not getting a hundred for over two years. But he is too good a player to consistently go through this. He will get past this phase too. He knows how to get hundreds otherwise he would not have got 70 of them. As a former player, I know he will start scoring them again. He has enormous ability, so it’s a matter of time,” he added.

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