Former Indian pacer Venkatesh Prasad has sarcastically hit back at critics of Virat Kohli, calling him “selfish” for focusing on personal milestones in the 2023 World Cup, but only for the team to win and make true the dreams of a million people. Kohli has been accused of being selfish on several occasions during the tournament, most notably in the games against Bangladesh and South Africa.
In the Bangladesh game, Kohli was criticized for consuming deliveries solely to raise his century, while in the South Africa game, he was faulted for failing to accelerate despite being set. However, Venkatesh Prasad has defended Kohli, saying that he is only “selfish” in the sense that he is always striving to win for his team and achieve excellence. He pointed out that Kohli has set new benchmarks for batsmen all over the world, and that he is always motivated to make his country proud.
In a tweet, Venkatesh Prasad wrote: “Hearing funny arguments about Virat Kohli being Selfish and obsessed with personal milestone. Yes Kohli is selfish, selfish enough to follow the dream of a billion people, selfish enough to strive for excellence even after achieving so much, selfish enough to set new benchmarks, selfish enough to ensure his team wins. Yes, Kohli is selfish.”
Hearing funny arguments about Virat Kohli being Selfish and obsessed with personal milestone.
Yes Kohli is selfish, selfish enough to follow the dream of a billion people, selfish enough to strive for excellence even after achieving so much, selfish enough to set new benchmarks,… pic.twitter.com/l5RZRf7dNx
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) November 6, 2023
Virat Kohli’s fans have praised Venkatesh Prasad for his tweet, saying that he has spoken the truth and defended their idol against unfair criticism. Kohli himself has not yet responded to the criticism, but he will be hoping to silence his critics with a strong performance in the upcoming semi-finals.
Prasad’s tweet is a welcome intervention in the debate over Kohli’s alleged selfishness. It is important to remember that Virat Kohli is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, and he has always put the team first. His desire to achieve personal milestones is simply a reflection of his competitive spirit and his drive to be the best.
Kohli’s critics should focus on his contributions to the team rather than nitpicking his individual performances. He has scored over 13,000 runs in ODIs at an average of over 58, and he has 49 centuries to his name. He is also the leading run-scorer in T20 Internationals. Virat Kohli is a role model for millions of people around the world, and his achievements should be celebrated. He is a true legend of the game, and he deserves our respect.