After whitewashing Bangladesh 2-0 in the recently concluded Test series, India skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
Kohli thanked Sourav Ganguly for establishing a winning culture during his time as an Indian captain and added that his team is trying to carry forward that legacy.
"The idea is to establish yourself in the middle and we have learnt to stand up and give it back. It all started with Dada's team and we are just carrying it forward," Kohli said after India’s innings and 46-run victory in the pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens.
After Kohli's comments, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar reminded the current captain that India used to win even in the 1970s and 1980s.
"This is a fantastic win but I would like to make a point. The Indian captain said that this thing started in 2000 with Dada's (Ganguly's) team. I know Dada is the BCCI President, so maybe Kohli wanted to say nice things about him. But India were also winning in the '70s and '80s. He wasn't born then," Gavaskar said at the post-match show on Star Sports.
Amid the hue and cry over this debate, former India opener Gautam Gambhir has backed Kohli for his comments on Ganguly’s team.
"See that's Virat Kohli's thinking and there is no doubt that we started winning more away from home under Sourav Ganguly. Even previous Indian captains and almost every Indian captain has been dominant. From Gavaskar Ji's time or Kapil Dev's time till now India has been a dominant force under every captain at home but under Ganguly's leadership, we started winning overseas," Gambhir quoted as saying by Times Now.
"If you talk from the point of view of winning away from home, I agree with Virat Kohli on what he said - that we are carrying forward Ganguly's legacy as captain," he added.
Kohli is already India’s best Test skipper in terms of statistics. In 53 Tests as captain, he has led the team to victory in 33 games and has a spectacular win percentage of above 62.
Team India’s next Test assignment is a two-match series in New Zealand in February 2020.