“Virat should not be rushed into captaincy in all formats. Let him grow into this role... 2019 World Cup is far away,” Gavaskar told a TV news channel.
Gavaskar’s opinion differs from another India captain Sourav Ganguly, who doesn’t see Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaining the limited-overs side till the 2019 World Cup and wants Kohli to take over soon.
Kohli has been in sensational form of late and is currently the leading run getter in the Indian Premier League.
His IPL team RCB, however, has not been consistent in the tournament and are sixth on the points table.
Gavaskar said the bowlers have let captain Kohli down in the competition.“Bowlers have let Bangalore down in IPL. Kohli is as good as his team,” Gavaskar added. Kohli hastaken a clear lead in the batting charts, scoring 561 runs at an average of 80.14 including two hundreds and four fifties in nine innings.
Virat’s comparision with Tendulkar is wrong: Sehwag
Former India batsman Virender Sehwag said on Wednesday it is unfair to compare batting legend Sachin Tendulkar with current run-machine Virat Kohli.
India Test skipper Kohli has been in sublime form over the past couple of months for his national side as well as his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The Delhi-born batsman after winning the Man of the Tournament award in the recent World Twenty20, has smashed two centuries in the ongoing ninth edition of the cash-rich IPL tournament and is the leading run-getter with 561 runs.
“No one should compare two individuals. People used to compare me with Tendulkar, me with Viv Richards, that’s not fair. The era is not same. I don’t think we should compare Kohli with Tendulkar,” Sehwag said here at the announcement of the final winner of the 92.7 Big FM Big Catch contest.
Sehwag, who is currently the mentor for IPL team Kings XI Punjab, also hailed Kohli as the most dangerous batsman at present.
“There are a lot of batsmen. But at the moment, I think, Kohli is the dangerous batsman. There is AB de Villiers, David Warner, but the way Virat is playing, the way he is scoring runs ... he scored two tons in this IPL ... He is the most dangerous at the moment.” Commenting on the talks going on around the first day-night Test to be played between New Zealand and India later this year in the country, the 37-year-old said it would be good for fans and cricket lovers to view a new level of cricket.