"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," the former left-hand batsman said on the sidelines of campaign launched by a private news channel.

"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 added.

The Nagpur pitch came under a lot of criticism after the third Test ended within three days.

When asked about the nature of pitches in context of match, Ganguly said, "It's ok, I thought, the batsmen could have batted better, the balls have turned there is not doubt about it, it turned, there was a lot of help for spinners.