Former India cricketer turned renowned commentator Aakash Chopra has backed Virat Kohli, citing that he didn’t point anyone when he was talking about the players to step up with a lot more intent after the WTC Final loss. However, after India lost to New Zealand, Kohli addressed the press conference and questioned the intent of the batters’.
While the batting unit failed to put up a great show, many believed that he was pointing fingers at veterans like Vice Captain Ajinkya Rahane and the batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara.
“I don’t think he is singling out people, that Pujara or Rahane played slowly. Maybe he is just talking about a different frame of mind which might have been there in the dressing room, which may not have been that positive. I don’t think he was talking about Pujara and Rahane,” he interpreted.
“I have got no doubt in my mind that the England series will go good for Rahane and Pujara but everyone has their own style of playing. We must respect that what you get from Pujara, you will not get from Pant and what you get from Rahane, you will not get from Kohli,” he again shared.
However, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has backed Kohli, saying he has already proved his worth by winning several bilateral series so far.
“Virat Kohli is a big player and a fantastic captain. He is aggressive and very emotional. Any captain who has come in has only taken Indian cricket forward. It started with Sourav Ganguly, then Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni took over. Yes, everyone has complained that Virat Kohli hasn’t won any ICC trophy. But, apart from that, he has won almost everything. India have won so many series’ under Virat Kohli. He has been a bit unlucky, but I have no doubt over his captaincy credentials. He is a great captain and match-winner,” Akmal said.