Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes that Virat Kohli is better than Sachin Tendulkar when it comes to chasing targets.
On Sunday after Kohli's marvellous unbeaten 82 off 51 balls took India to the semi-finals of the World T20, Ganguly told India Today, "Kohli is the greatest chaser by far and I am saying this keeping in mind the great man Sachin Tendulkar."
"Sachin was special but as far as chasing is concerned, Kohli has done better than Sachin. Kohli is unreal," the former India captain added.
Ganguly was never in doubt about the team's winning ability, even when the target seemed daunting. "Two outstanding players were at the wicket. It was still a good pitch to bat on. I always thought India would win as long as these two boys were at the crease," he said after the match.
Ganguly, under whom India reached the 2003 ODI Worlld Cup final, believes that Kohli is getting better by the day which was evident in the way he accelerated his innings after a slow start. Despite being bogged down by an injured Yuvraj Singh at the other end, Kohli kept his calm and waited for the right stage to push the pedal. Ganguly added that he feels the team management think Kohli is India's go-to man.
Virat Kohli's average in successful run-chases in T20Is is a staggering 122.83. In these run chases, he has scored 737 runs with nine not-outs, at a strike rate of 131.
India will now face West Indies in the second semi-final at the Wankhede in Mumbai on Thursday. Ganguly picked hosts as the overwhelming favourites out of the last four.
"India will play in Mumbai which is a good surface. West Indies will have to stand up against the Indian onslaught. India are by far the favourites against the West Indies. They have set it up for the Eden Gardens," Ganguly said.
Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the ICC World Twenty20 final on 3 April.