Former England cricketer David Lloyd has said that Sourav Ganguly became the ‘catalyst’ for the change of the Indian team, and ‘nonchalant’ Virat Kohli took him to the next level. Cricketer-turned-commentator Lloyd was referring to India and Australia’s Test rivalry in the early 2000s when the Ganguly-led Indian team won the four-match series 1-1 in Australia after winning the home series 2–1. Drew and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
He said- I am a big fan of Ganguly. I believe that Sourav Ganguly added to the team that now the fast bowlers will not dominate us as we are looking for some good players of our own. Lloyd said – It has always been believed that India does not like bouncy balls abroad but the team led by Ganguly went to Australia with full preparations to play on bouncy pitches.
He said- Of course, it is very difficult to play against India on its soil, but from the beginning, it was believed that you have a chance against India on foreign soil. Ganguly acted as a catalyst and the team also had players like Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. Ganguly is one of the most successful captains of India.
He has won 21 of the 49 Tests in which 11 matches have been won on foreign soil. Lloyd said that Kohli is currently taking the team to a new level.
He said- He (Kohli) is a great player and is also a very good leader. He never gives up and he is not afraid of anything. It is important that he is not afraid. Lloyd said- Regarding Kohli, I believe that he lands on the field to win the match. He does not score runs for himself, he is there to win the match and leads the way.