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'Kohli winning the Asia Cup would help Dhoni reinvent himself'

Last updated on: February 26, 2014 11:44 IST

'Kohli winning the Asia Cup would help Dhoni reinvent himself'

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said wants Virat Kohli to win the Asia Cup, which he believes would help regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to come out of his comfort zone and reinvent himself as a captain. 

"I want Virat (Kohli) to win this tournament (Asia Cup)," Ganguly told a Kolkata-based news channel. 

"This would help Dhoni to come out of the comfort zone and help him to reinvent himself as a captain," he explained.


Image: Virat Kohli
Photographs: BCCI

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Rubbishing suggestions that it would be a test for Kohli as a captain, Ganguly said the Delhi batsman should enjoy captaincy and prove his strengths to the selectors.

"It would be inappropriate to say that Kohli would be under pressure in the Asia Cup because even he knows that Dhoni would be the captain in the Twenty20 World Cup.

"So I would advice him to enjoy his captaincy and prove his strengths as a captain," Ganguly said.


Image: Mohammed Shami and Virat Kohli
Photographs: BCCI

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Asked whether captaincy would have any adverse effect on Kohli's batting, Ganguly recollected the right-hand batsman's stellar role with the bat in the tri-series in West Indies last year. 

"It would not be right to predict on Kohli's captaincy now. But I would like to remind everybody the way Kohli led the team and batted in the West Indies. 

"He had scored a 100 there and that helped India to get into the finals," the 42-year-old former captain said. 


Image: Sourav Ganguly


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'I think Chappell should rethink about this comments'

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Ganguly, however, slammed former Aussie skipper Ian Chappell for describing Dhoni as a "meander along like an absent-minded professor strolling in the park". 

"I don't agree with his (Chappell's) opinion. I think Chappell should rethink about this comments," he said. 

Chappell in his column for a website had written that Kohli should replace Dhoni as the Test captain after India's below par performance in England, South Africa and in the recently-concluded New Zealand tour.


Image: MS Dhoni


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