Kohli expects 'healthy' dialogue with Ganguly

The skipper of Indian cricket team Virat Kohli said on Thursday that he is expecting a healthy and professional discussion with the newly appointed board chief Sourav Ganguly.

The former Indian captain, Ganguly took over the reins of the BCCI on Wednesday from a court-appointed panel which governed the game in the country for nearly three years.

The 47-year-old promised full support to Kohli to make India the best team in the world and said he will sit down with the captain to chart the way forward.

“I am going to meet him now,” Kohli told reporters while taking to an event in Mumbai. “I have met him before to discuss a lot of things. I am looking forward to a good discussion.”

The former left-handed batsman said there will be “mutual respect” between him and Kohli, who was handed test captaincy unexpectedly at the start of 2015 when long-serving skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from test cricket midway through a series.

Kohli already has more test wins than Dhoni while leading in fewer matches and the world’s top-ranked test side have won 11 consecutive series at home. India also lead the points table for the recently-launched World Test Championship.

“He (Ganguly) is someone who has played a lot of cricket before, who knows the situation we are in, what the team needs, the requirements of Indian cricket,” Kohli said.

“So you need a good, professional, high-level discussion. It will be a healthy discussion because I am playing currently and he has played before, there will be a understanding of these things.

“I have had good discussions in the past with him and I expect the same this time.”