Virat Kohli Was Born to Lead: Sunil Gavaskar
Former Indian player Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday described Test skipper Virat Kohli as someone born to assume leadership role and hoped he will live upto the expectations of the people.
“He (Kohli) was born to lead. He led the under-19 team, and even as a player he was looking to learn from others. That is the big plus about Kohli that he learning. He makes mistakes, all of us make mistakes. But there is so much optimism with him becoming the captain, something which scares you. There is so much of expectations from the young man, it is sometimes scary but he will be upto it,” Gavaskar said.
Kohli on Thursday scored 103 runs and shared a 227-run partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan (134) for the third wicket as India posted 375 all out, taking a substantial 192-run lead in the first innings of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.
“I don’t think they will be able to recover. They might be able to save an innings defeat if they bat well and get a few partnership. Otherwise, I don’t think they will be able to save the game. Only the weather can come to their rescue or else I think India is going to win with plenty of time to spare,” Gavaskar added.
“I hope it is a three day thing. But Sangakkara is there and if he plays the innings of his life then it might stretch to the fourth day,” he added. Asked about Kohli’s ploy to open bowling with spinners R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh, Gavaskar said.