New Delhi, Nov 13: Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid feels it will be a great opportunity for Kohli, who is deputized as stand-in captain of Indian team for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane from December 4 after regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out due to an injury.
“Dhoni’s absence gives Virat the opportunity to show that he leads maybe differently,” Dravid reportedly told a leading website.
Dravid also said, “It’s just a nice opportunity for Virat and a great feeling, every time you get the opportunity to lead your country in a Test match, it’s a great thrill and Virat will really enjoy that.”
Dhoni will reportedly be back in the saddle by the time second Test begins in Adelaide from December 12. Dravid who has seen Virat growing as a good cricketer believes that he is the ‘obvious candidate’ to take over captaincy from Dhoni in future but everything depends on his performance.
“If he can bat well in Test matches and have that certainty about himself as a player, then I have no doubt that he’s the obvious candidate to take over from Dhoni once he’s finished,” Dravid said.
The former Indian captain also said that it will be “unfair” to judge Virat Kohli’s captaincy credentials on the basis of one Test.