WATCH: Twitterati react as Virat Kohli was seen chewing something during National Anthem
By SMCS - Jan 23, 2022 6:50 pm
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The third and final ODI between South Africa and India are currently going on. However, former India captain Virat Kohli has been in the news for quite some time now – be it his controversial comments on the press conference or poor form.

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Virat Kohli was dismissed on a duck

However, he recently came under the scanner as he was seen chewing something while standing for the national anthem.

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Here is how Twitterati reacted:

Meanwhile, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has backed Virat Kohli to overcome his tough times and bounce back as he asked him to focus more on his batting. While speaking exclusively to Sports Tak from Oman, Shoaib Akhtar opened up on this.

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“It was a tight scenario for Virat. I was in Dubai and I was aware that if he wouldn’t have won the T20 World Cup, it would have become a big problem for him and it did happen. There are lobbies against him and there are people against him and that is the reason why he stepped down,” Shoaib Akhtar told India Today.

“Whoever enjoys the star status, will always face problems but there’s nothing to fear about. Anushka (Kohli’s wife) is a very nice lady and Virat is a great guy. He just needs to be brave and not be afraid of anything. The whole country loves him, just that these are testing times for him and he needs to come strongly out of it,” he stated.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

However, Shoaib Akhtar also added that Virat Kohli has to work hard.

“Now that it has happened, he needs to work hard now and not work too hard. Keep it simple and just play his normal cricket. Captaincy is not an easy job – you have to handle a lot of things and there is a lot of tension that comes with that job,” he said.

“If he can give good performances in the next five-six months, he will be happy to have quit captaincy and would tell himself that he can score 120 international hundreds. His next 50 centuries will be because of the anger that he has now. And, this anger does not have to be reflected on people but in his batting,” Shoaib Akhtar concluded