On September 22nd, Virat Kohli will be the skipper of the Indian team as the first of three Tests takes place against New Zealand in Kanpur. After the India – New Zealand Tests, India will go on to play 13 more Tests against England, Australia, and Bangladesh.
The first three Tests against New Zealand will be played in Kanpur, Kolkata, and Indore. Sourav Ganguly, a former Indian team captain, has said that these home games with a Kohli-led team will give India the advantage.
Ganguly commented: “New Zealand are aware of the fact that it would be hard to beat India in India. But if you compare them with England and Australia, New Zealand would be the second best side after England. The conditions will favour India.”
The former cricket captain also had much praise for Kohli: “Kohli has done wonders for the country in a short span of time. He is someone who can raise the value of Indian cricket with his intensity and his hunger to win. You can see this on his face when he walks out to bat or on to the field when he captains India.”
Gary Kirsten, the former South African Test batsman, and former Head Coach, noted that there is a huge amount of cricket talent in India.
On Kohli, Kirsten said: “Enjoy watching Virat. Love the way he takes control and finishes games.”
There has been some concern about the Kolkata game scheduled to be played in Eden Gardens. The recent rains have left the pitch in bad condition, however, there has been sunshine, and there are still two weeks before the Test will take place.
With continued sunshine, Ganguly noted that the Eden Gardens grounds “would be ready in time.”
The Indian cricket team, with Kohli at the mast, appears ready to take on New Zealand and the other Test matches.