Indian cricketing legend Krishnamachari Srikkanth spoke to Republic TV about how cricketers from different eras should not be compared. Srikkanth, on being asked if he had to choose between the Kapil Dev era, Sourav Ganguly era, M.S Dhoni era and Virat Kohli era stated, “In cricket, one thing you should never do is compare eras. They are all different eras, let's call it the Kapil Dev era or the Gavaskar era, Dhoni era and now probably the Kohli era has started. So that is one thing I believe you should never compare.”
Srikkanth further speaking about how you should never compare the different eras added, “It is for the simple reason it is difficult to compare the situations, the conditions, the teams that you are playing, what kind of teams you have with you.” Srikkanth who was part of the infamous 1983 Kapil Dev led World-Cup winning Indian squad added that, “I do not think it is fair to judge a person by comparing eras.”
On being asked about considering the possibility of split captaincy across formats to take off the burden of Virat Kohli, Srikkanth said: “Not exactly, Kohli is very young, the truth of the matter is I think is Kohli is an excellent leader, so I would put it this way, I think it is too early to talk about that and let's not forget Kohli is one guy who is performing in all three formats, whether it is T20, One Day or Test cricket.”The former selector praised Virat Kohli’s leadership skills and said, “I think, I like Kohli’s leadership qualities, he is a very motivating leader, he takes the team along with him which is very very important, he’s very young and it is too soon to talk about split captaincy.”Srikkanth also lauded the Indian team’s consistency across formats and said that India was unlucky to lose in the World Cup semi-final. He also said that Indian teams focus should be on the T20 World Cup which is going to be held in Australia next year.