India skipper Virat Kohli is known to speak his mind, and that is what he did, at the press conference, on the eve of the first ODI against England in Pune. Asked about how does the team or players respond to criticism, he said, “From the first to the last day of my career, all this outside talk has been nonsense to me. Who says what and why about a player, what’s the motive behind it, what’s the thinking behind it, it’s better that all that remains outside because we’re not going to let it enter our system even in the future. We are going to back our players and try and give them a good mental space.”
But this statement hasn’t gone down well with former India batsman Sanjay Majrekar. In a tweet to Kohli, he said, “Outside talk which Virat calls nonsense is basically public reacting to a public performance. And it’s always been the same- Praise when you do well, critique when you don’t. Virat must learn to accept this age old reality with calmness & maturity. Just like Dhoni did.”
Kohli, on Monday had gone on to say, that he has decided to open in the shortest format to accommodate players like Suryakumar Yadav in the side but there is no “guarantee” of him taking up the role in the T20 World Cup at home later this year. The move to open with Rohit Sharma worked wonders as the star duo played match-winning knocks to seal the five-match series against England. Kohli made the decision to ensure that Suryakumar plays at his preferred number three spot.
Ahead of the first ODI against England, Kohli explained his surprising call in the fifth T20 and why he will open in the IPL, a move that attracted a lot of attention.
“Firstly, the combination that plays on the field, selectors don’t have any role to play in that, just how the team management doesn’t have any role in selection,” said Kohli.
“Secondly, as Rohit mentioned, it was a strategic move but yes we did enjoy batting with each other, we did enjoy that partnership and we saw the effects of us batting together…
“…it’s not a guarantee that this is going to be continued in future.”