If anything, the South Africa test series has put captain Virat Kohli in the front and centre of all headlines. Sure, there was pressure on him, given that this could have been India’s year to break the 25-year streak of losing tests in South Africa, along with the fact that he was already in the spotlight for his wedding with Anushka Sharma.
But there’s also the decision of keeping Rohit Sharma and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar on the bench for the test India lost by 135 runs, which has been widely criticised. But if there’s anything we’ve learned from Virat Kohli’s on-field interactions it’s the fact that he doesn’t mince words – even when the press is upon him.
So, during the post-match press conference, when Virat Kohli was asked why he didn’t play the best 11 players in the game, he flatly asked:
“What is the best 11? If we had won this, was this the best 11? We don’t decide the 11 according to results. You are telling me that you could have played the best 11. You tell me the best 11 and we will play that.”
Furthermore, when a mediaperson asked him if they were losing because of too many changes to the side, Virat Kohli countered strongly with this:
“How many Test matches have we won out of 34? How many have we won? How many have we won? 21 wins (20, actually). Two losses. How many draws? Does it matter? Wherever we play we try to do our best. I’m here to answer your questions, not to fight with you.”
And yet, the reportage of the press conference is that Virat Kohli lost his cool. And while that may be the perceived case, he really is only speaking out of passion for the sport and his team, and to quash any assumption that says that India lost the matches because of anything other than the fact that the South African team played better cricket.
And for those who are still naysayers of Kohli’s gameplay or of his passion for the sport, it is perhaps on the back of those that he has just been awarded the ICC Cricketer Of The Year 2017, receiving the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, along with the title of ICC ODI Player Of The Year 2017.
Indian Cricket Captain @imVkohli named ICC Cricketer of the Year 2017 and recipient of the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, also named ICC ODI Player of the Year at the 2017 #ICCAwards. pic.twitter.com/r5ssVBSXTz
— Mirror Now (@MirrorNow) January 18, 2018
Maybe if we just entrust him with a little more faith in the fact that he’s a captain worth his salt, who knows how to structure his team and his game, he wouldn’t have to shut down reporters at post-match conferences.
News Source – ANI