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Sourav Ganguly said that Virat Kohli is very passionate about the game.Reuters

India have already achieved an unbeatable lead against South Africa in the ongoing Test series with one match in hands. India were outclassed in the T20 and ODI series but they bounced back strongly under the leadership of Virat Kohli in the longest format of the game.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is impressed with Kohli and the way he is leading the side. It is under the captaincy of Kohli that India won a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years and now they have successfully ended South Africa's dream overseas run. The world No. 1 Test team were unbeaten away from home in Tests for the past nine years and they could not extend their run this time against India.

"He (Virat) is a good leader ... he will be a good leader, but I have said before challenges for Indian captains is not in India its away. I like him. I like what I see on the field, he wants to win, he is passionate, you can see on the field and India has hopes on him," Ganguly told the reporters at an event in Mumbai on Sunday.

"I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. He is a captain who always wants to win matches on the field and I love that passion in him. I love the attitude and aggression in Kohli."

Many critics around the world slammed the pitch in Nagpur as South Africa batsmen could not stand a chance against the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra. Ganguly had another opinion about the wicket. The former India skipper said that it is natural that the Indian sub-continent will produce such wickets. 

"It's ok, I thought, the batsmen could have batted better, the balls have turned there is no doubt about it, it turned, there was a lot of help for spinners. I think it's a one-off thing, I don't think India will produce such pitches," Ganguly said. 

Ganguly also spoke about the proposed India-Pakistan limited over series in Sri Lanka. He stated that whenever it comes to a series between India and Pakistan, it always lies in the hands of the government. 

"I don't know, it depends on the government... its always been the case ... India-Pakistan (series) depends on the government and its not going to change," Ganguly added. 

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