Former India skipper Virat Kohli is set to play his 100th Test against Sri Lanka on March 4. With this, he will join the elite list of Indians who have achieved the proud landmark for India. Notably, former India skipper and now BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is one of those on the list as he played 113 in a career spanning 12 years i.e 1996-2008. Kohli could have played his 100th Test as the skipper of India, however, he resigned from the job after India's loss against South Africa in the recent Test series.
After his side lost the series 1-2, the 33-year-old decided to step down from the job with him having stepped down from T20I and being removed from ODIs. Meanwhile, Ganguly has said that a player needs to be really 'good player' to play 100 games, and the right-hander deserves the landmark.
“To begin with, you need to be a very good player to get there,” Ganguly said as quoted by Hindustan Times. “Very few people in Indian cricket have played 100 Test matches. It’s a fantastic landmark. Virat is a great player and deserves every bit of it.”
When asked about how will the Delhi-born adjust as a player after leading the team for seven years, Ganguly said that it does require some adjustments but feels its not going to be difficult.
“It does require some adjustments. But I don’t think it’s very difficult,” said Ganguly. “He will come back and get hundreds. I know about all this talk, with him not getting a hundred for over two years. But he is too good a player to consistently go through this. He will get past this phase too. He knows how to get hundreds otherwise he would not have got 70 of them. As a former player, I know he will start scoring them again. He has enormous ability, so it’s a matter of time."