New Delhi, Mar 4 (): Indian former captain Sourav Ganguly praised Virat Kohli century as a unbelievable performance.
“Just unbelievable .Virat Kohli’s superlative knock and based on that India’s unbelieveable victory at Hobart had raised a hope but finally India has not qualified for the tri-series finals,” Ganguly wrote.
“Although we are all pretty upset about it, deep inside we need to agree that the two best teams on form have qualified for the final showdown in the tournament,” he added.
” Since the World Cup victory, Indian cricket’s fortunes have turned around massively and for me Indian cricket is at the crossroads and the selectors have a very important role to play from now on.”
“Indians have lost eight test matches in a row, a record which has not been achieved by Indian cricket in the near past and the selectors can’t let this go unnoticed,” Ganguly wrote.
Earlier, former Australian batsman Dean Jones praised Virat Kohli’s 86-ball 133 in a tri-series match against Sri Lanka as one of the “greatest” one-day international knocks and felt the young batsman must be promoted to number three position in the shorter formats.
“What a bizarre week of cricket it has been. Virat Kohli’s innings on Tuesday against Sri Lanka is up there with one of the greatest one-day international knocks of all time,” Jones said.
“Honestly, how can India chase down 320 and get the runs in 36.4 overs with the form it has been in?” he asked.
Kohli’s innings rates up there with Viv Richards’ epic knock against England in 1984. At one stage, the West Indies were 7-102, and Viv went on to smash 189 not out to help take his team to a total of 272. But India was out of the tri-series as they stood lost in the points table.
BCCI announced Kohli as the vice-captain for the Asia cup Indian Squad.