Posted on: January 10, 2022
India’s Test captain Virat Kohli, who has struggled for big runs for more than two years, played down the criticism surrounding him, noting that he had made a significant contribution to the team during the same period. As widely reported by now, Kohli’s last 100 percent test was in November 2019. During the same period, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane have also struggled with consistency, meaning India’s middle class has been on thin ice.
Defending himself staunchly, the 33-year-old said: “It’s not the first time (my form has been reviewed. It’s happened a few times in my career – England 2014 was one of those stages. But Look, the thing is, I don’t see myself in terms of how the outside world sees me, and ultimately the standards we’re talking about today, the standards I’m being compared to, I set myself, and so on, I’m very proud to be more than anyone else Doing the best I can for the team and wanting to perform regularly for the team so I can do that for a long time.”
Kohli points out that in sports, sometimes things don’t go the way you want them to. He added: “But, at the end of the day, I realise that as a player, as a batsman, I’ve been involved in very big moments with the team over the last year or so, and for me it’s It’s a huge pride that I’ve been part of a very important partner when the team needs me, and ultimately those moments are crucial for us in many Test matches.”
The veteran cricketer believes that sometimes the focus has to shift. According to him, if you’ve been looking at yourself and judging yourself by numbers and milestones, I don’t think you’ll ever be satisfied or happy with what you’re doing. Elaborating on his performance, Kohli elaborated: “I’m very proud and happy in what I’m following, I’m at peace with my performance and what I can do for the team when tough situations arise. As long as I do that and feel proud and motivated in those moments, I have nothing to worry about.”
Besides Pujara, Rahane and Kohli, wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant has also been underperforming recently. He was widely criticised after he was fired for a duck that tried to attack Kagiso Rabada. Speaking of the stroke, Coley asserted that Pant would reflect on the way he ended up. He said: “We talked to (Pant) in training. When a batsman is batting out, he first knows if the situation is worth batting and as long as everyone accepts their responsibilities as individuals, progress will happen. .
“We’ve all made mistakes in our careers. We’ve been sacked in important situations because of our mistakes, the pressure or the skill of the bowlers, so it’s important to understand the mentality at the time, what decisions you make, what you make Mistakes. If you spot those mistakes and accept them, you’ll progress, and you’ll make sure you don’t repeat that mistake.
The third Test of the India-South Africa series will take place at Newlands, Cape Town on January 11
– a cricket reporter