Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni were named by former Australia captain Michael Clarke as the standout captains for India over the years. Speaking to India Today, ’Kohli is still growing as a captain’ said the former Australia captain.
“I think the Indian captains that stand out for me are Ganguly and MS Dhoni. Virat continues to grow as a captain,” the 38-year-old said.
Clarke, though, stressed that the Indian skipper is the best batsman in the 50-overs format. “As a batsman, there is no one close to him in ODIs. I watched Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara rule ODI cricket while I was growing up but at the moment Virat in ODIs is better than anyone else,” he said.
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“To be able to handle the pressure of a billion people and still going on to score day after day is something that stands out,” Clarke added.
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain further praised Kohli’s batting and said that the right-handed batsman could surpass maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s records.
“Virat is not worried about anything else other than winning games for the country. That is his greatest asset as a captain, I feel. I thought there never will be someone to replace Sachin, but Kohli is going to break them all - just a phenomenal achievement by a phenomenal player,” he said
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Michael John Clarke is an Australian former cricketer and cricket commentator. He led Australia to their 5th Cricket World Cup triumph, when his team were victorious in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the MCG.He is regarded as one of the best batsmen of his generation.