On Friday in Mohali, India’s Virat Kohli will join an exclusive club of 11 Indian cricketers who have played 100 or more Test matches. Sourav Ganguly, the current president of the BCCI, is one of those select few. Kohli’s time as India captain ended on a sour note in recent months. Kohli and Ganguly, without naming Ganguly, had a public spat over the circumstances leading up to his departure as T20I captain. He then resigned as Test captain after losing the ODI captaincy. Ganguly, speaking from London, where he is on a brief family vacation, declined to discuss the incident. He was pleased to welcome Kohli to the 100-Test club, though, and pledged to be in Mohali “to see Virat’s 100th Test match.”

“To begin with, you must be a really excellent player,” Ganguly said. “In Indian cricket, just a few persons have played 100 Test matches. It’s a wonderful landmark. Virat is a fantastic player who deserves every accolade. It will need some modifications. But I don’t believe it’ll be that tough,” Ganguly remarked. “He’ll come back with hundreds. I’m aware of all the news about his not receiving a hundred dollars in over two years. But he’s just too excellent a player to go through this on a regular basis. He, too, will pass through this stage. He understands how to obtain hundreds, else he wouldn’t have gotten so many as he did. As a former player, I am certain that he will resume scoring. It’s just a question of time since he has tremendous skill.”