Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has praised skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday.
"He is a tremendous captain, and he is getting better and better. He was heavily criticised in the IPL but even then I had said that I believe he is a good captain. He captained well in the World Cup. It's unfortunate that India lost in the semifinal. But I think he has progressed a lot as a captain," Ganguly told reporters on Saturday on the sidelines of a teachers' conclave in the national capital.
He also said that rookie stumper Rishabh Pant (21) is a special player and India should be patient with him. Ganguly said that people should refrain from comparing him to veteran wicketkeeper Dhoni.
"Rishabh is not MS Dhoni, nor he will be in the next 3-4 years. It took MS 15 years to become what he is. MS is a special breed in Indian cricket. Rishabh is special too, his Test record is phenomenal," he said.
The 47-year-old also said that he wasn't surprised that Dhoni was not picked in the Indian team for the T20 series against South Africa at home. "I didn't expect him to be picked," he said.