Popular Sky Sports commentator David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd has heaped praises for legendary Indian cricketers and captains Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli.
Ganguly took over the helms during a tumultuous period in Indian cricket when BCCI was tainted with match-fixing allegations.
Moreover, it was the match-winning attitude instilled by Ganguly during his tenure, which has stood out. Kohli’s formula, on the other hand, has been the backing of his pace bowlers to pick wickets and win matches.
Regardless, both Ganguly and Kohli have a fabulous win percentage record in Test cricket as Indian captain.
“I think that when Ganguly got hold of the team, I think he gave the team a real steel. That we will not be dictated to by quick bowlers because we will find some of our own. It was always a suggestion that India away from home don’t like the bouncing ball,” Lloyd commented on Sony Ten Pit Stop show.
Further, Lloyd tagged Ganguly as a ‘catalyst’ while crediting Kohli for taking Indian team standards one notch higher.
“I think he has been a catalyst for Indian cricket to be a worldwide force. India in India is so difficult but you always felt that (against) India away from home you had a chance,” he added.
“There was an axis of Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar. Now if you’ve got these three, you bring in a quality spinner and a couple of good pace men, now you are in business worldwide,” the popular commentator remarked.
“I think Ganguly has been a massive influence on Indian cricket and Virat Kohli has taken it to another level. Kohli apart from his greatness as a player is also a great leader and he fears nothing. My own view of Kohli is that he is there to win matches and not to accumulate runs for himself. And he leads by example because he is the best,” Lloyd concluded.