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Ganguly Wants Kohli to Improve Captaincy after Toping Test Ranking List

Ganguly Wants Kohli to Improve Captaincy after Toping Test Ranking List

Indian captain Virat Kohli has recently dethroned former Australian captain Steven Smith and became the No.1 test batsman after his 22nd Test century and 220-run tally in the Edgbaston Test against England.

Cricket news: The players should be given more time and should not be rotated often, says Sourav Ganguly

Kohli has now become a member of an elite group which consists of Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsakar, Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, as all had once reached the top spot.

Kohli has got 934 rating points and Donald Bradman, with 961 points in 1948, leads the chart currently. Kohli is also the No. 1 batsman in the ODI ranking list.

In the Edgbaston Test, Kohli’s heroics had almost won the Test for India, as he scored 149 in the first innings and then 51 in the second.

However the team lost by 31 runs because of the underperformance of the top-order batsmen in the likes of Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane, who scored just 99 runs in between them.

While former India captain Sourav Ganguly is happy with the individual performance of Kohli, he is not satisfied with his captaincy as he feels he need to instil more confidence in his players.

"If you're the captain, you will be criticised for a loss the same way as you will be congratulated for a win," Ganguly wrote on Instagram. "One criticism for Kohli is that he should give a consistent run to his batters and more time before dropping them.

"The captain should give confidence to his players. It's his team and only he can change their mindset. He will have to sit with them and tell them that if he can do it, so can they.

"He should give them time and tell them to go out and play without any fear. It is true that after continuous chopping and changing of the playing XI, players can get afraid that after all these years, they've failed to garner the faith of the team management."

So far Kohli has single-handedly carried the batting lineup as he scored 486 runs at an average of 60.75 so far. While the other four top-order batsmen along with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma have scored 809 runs among them with an average of 21.86.

The team lineup has also been very fluid as team combinations are frequently changed and Ganguly believes there should be consistency in selection, as that had been central aspect for many successful teams.

"The good thing about the great teams of the past - be it Australia or South Africa or our very own team which won the series here [in England] in 2007 - was that the boys used to play both formats [Tests and ODIs] of the game. So even if you played badly in one or two matches, you got a lot of time to get back into form at the international level. Playing and scoring 150 in first-class cricket can't compensate for international cricket. In this team no batsman except Virat plays all formats," said Ganguly.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75