Gautam Gambhir explains why what sets Virat Kohli apart as a captain compared to his predecessors

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Former India opener and current MP Gautam Gambhir has said that the current Indian captain Virat Kohli’s aggressive approach to go for the win while having no fear of a loss is what sets him a level apart from the rest.

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“If you are scared of losing, you will never win and probably that’s the biggest plus he has, he isn’t scared of losing.

“We talk about Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni, but what Virat has created, India has started winning overseas as well,” said Gambhir while speaking for Star Sports.

Gambhir also went on to praise Virat on his ability to take risks which many other captains refrain from doing to play safe.

“He’s taken that risk, which a lot of other captains have not been able to take. The others always wanted an extra batter so that he they don’t lose the test match. Whereas, Virat is the only captain who has gone abroad and played with five bowlers, with Hardik Pandya being an all-rounder.”

In order to support his statements, Gambhir also gave the example of a test match between India and South Africa from Johannesburg last year, where Kohli had succeeded after playing Pandya along with 4 other fast bowlers.

“There was Hardik Pandya and four other fast bowlers. He has taken that gamble and he has succeeded,” he said.

Sunday saw Kohli lead India to yet another series victory after they beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. This marked his 11th series victory at home.

After taking over the reigns from MS Dhoni, India have lost only two series under Virat’s captaincy. This year has currently seen them register series victories over both Australia and West Indies.