Former Australian coach John Buchanan has heaped praise on Virat Kohli’s leadership skills and even said that he find glimpses of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly in Kohli.
Interestingly, Buchanan has closely worked with Ganguly when the latter played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League and the Australian was the head coach of the franchise. He believes that like Ganguly, Kohli has taken India vs Australia rivalry to a new level.
“Once Sourav took over, he instilled a different way of not only playing, but also a different way of just conducting themselves against strong oppositions like Australia. It was a developing rivalry for sure, but Sourav was able to take it to another level. Like Ganguly, Kohli has done the same thing for the Indian team,” Buchanan told Sportstar.
Notably, in 2018-19 Kohli became the first-ever Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia. In the 4 Test matches, Kohli scored 282 runs and played a pivotal role in India’s celebrated triumph when they defeated the Aussies by 2-1. Overall Kohli has a staggering record against Australia in their backyard and has so far notched up 6 Test centuries.
Let’s take a look at how Virat Kohli has fared as Team India captain and against Australia.
Virat Kohli’s Record as Captain
Test – Played: 55, Won: 33, Lost: 12, Draw: 10
ODI – Played: 89, Won: 62, Lost: 24, Tied: 1, No Result: 2
T20I – Played: 37, Won: 22, Lost: 11, Tied: 2, No Result: 2
Virat Kohli’s Record as Captain against Australia
Test – Played: 9, Won: 3, Lost: 3, Draw: 3
ODI – Played: 17, Won: 11, Lost: 6
T20I – Played: 6, Won: 2, Lost: 4
Virat Kohli as Batsman against Australia
Test – Played: 19, Runs: 1604, Highest Score: 169, 100: 7, Avg: 48.60
ODI – Played: 40, Runs: 1910, Highest Score: 123, 100: 8, Avg: 54.57
T20I – Played: 16, Runs: 584, Highest Score: 90*, Avg: 64.88
India tour of Australia: Team India will miss Kohli’s leadership in Test series: Buchanan
Kohli will be returning home after the opening game of the four-match Test series in Adelaide to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child and Buchanan feels India will dearly miss his leadership both on and off the field.
“He (Kohli) has done an incredibly good job – irrespective of whether he is scoring runs or not. If we go back to 2019, [Cheteshwar] Pujara was the star of the series and Kohli made some contributions, so did [Ajinkya] Rahane… But Kohli’s real contribution is his leadership and captaincy and the way he instils greatness – not only to win games, but also in finding a way to beat teams,” Buchanan said.
“His presence on the field and in the dressing room will be missed by India and it will definitely be an advantage for Australia,” he added.