McGrath: Virat can back up captaincy with runs

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Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath thinks Virat Kohli is the right man to lead India in Test matches following the retirement of MS Dhoni, who quit during India's tour of Australia in January this year.

The 26 year-old Kohli stood in for Dhoni in the first match of the four-match Test series against the Aussies and then skippered the side again in the last game after Dhoni quit the longest format after the third Test.

McGrath thinks the batsman has the right type of character to lead the Asian side and he more importantly he is the best batsman in the team.

The 124-Test capped McGrath said: "I think it is a positive. Because you want a leader who is strong, who wouldn't take a backward step, who would lead by example. But you don't want to go too far or go overboard crossing the line."

"I think Virat has held himself in good control at the moment. I like the way he has gone about it. He can back it up with runs with the bat. He is a class batsman as well. Being aggressive is one thing and can't back up is another, but Virat can back it up. I think India are in good hands moving forward with him as a leader.

India will tour Bangladesh to play a one-off Test and three ODI's later this month.

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