Similar to Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli: Irfan Pathan says that India 's captain goes out to help young people
Famous indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan said that Virat Kohli is the right guy to guide young people who join the senior team after playing U-19 cricket, given that India 's captain made a successful transition from junior cricket to the top level in the sport.
Irfan Pathan pointed out that when it comes to helping youngsters in the squad, Virat Kohli is very close to Sourav Ganguly. Pathan pointed out how in the recent past Rishabh Pant had the backing of Kohli amid the struggles of the young wicketkeeper-batsman in international cricket
Pathan said the U-19 cricketers need to continually develop and be strong mentally to make a good transition from junior to senior level.
He is also really similar to Sourav Ganguly. A man who is really, really well helping his youngsters. Virat Kohli has that aura about him, that he is going out of his way to back the kids. We've seen that we've seen the press conferences with Rishabh Pant, he goes and says, 'No, we need to purely back a guy like Rishabh Pant on his potential'," Pathan told Cricket Connected show from Star Sports.
"We've seen so many players from under-19 India vanish after playing the U-19 World Cup. At the international level, they do not end up fulfilling their potential that they might have. Also, we've got so many cricketers playing the U-19 World Cup, and then playing for India.
"I think we need to make sure that you have the right attitude to achieve a higher level, but at the same time making your game bigger, I think that's the greatest challenge facing any cricketer who plays U-19. At the U-19, you have to make sure you aspire to get better as a cricketer.
"The level of competition on the U-19 level, first-class level and international level is not the same. You need to keep changing your cricketing ability but also your mentality, which is very, very important at the same time.
As early as 2014, Virat Kohli took MS Dhoni as Test Captain and had led India to the top spot in ICC Test rankings. After taking over the rein in limited-overs cricket in 2017, Kohli led India to the final in ICC Champions Trophy and the knockout stages in World Cup 2019.
Meanwhile, former England off-spinner Graeme Swann said he loves to watch Rishabh Pant and that the Indian wicketkeeper will grow into a top-class batsman, despite the support he has from the captain and the team management.
"The name came up there, Rishabh Pant. I absolutely love the way he plays his cricket. That's the right thing for Irfan. Because he has someone to back him up," said Swann.
"You remember when he came to England in the Test series and he hit the spin bowler back over his head for six on the first ball or second ball at Trent Bridge.I thought at that moment that this guy would be something special in Test cricket, because he is a youngster and yet he backs his game. He's got the team around him who backs up."