WATCH: Ravi Shastri Defends Virat Kohli On Not Winning World Cup; Says The Former Captain Is An 'Ambassador Of The Game'
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli has always been criticized for not winning an ICC trophy in his tenure as a captain despite being one of the best batters of his generation. Recently, Kohli resigned
Former Indian captain Virat Kohli has always been criticized for not winning an ICC trophy in his tenure as a captain despite being one of the best batters of his generation. Recently, Kohli resigned from T20 captaincy, after which he was sacked from the ODI captaincy and then he resigned from his Test captaincy as well. Still, people raise questions about Virat Kohli's performance for the Indian cricket team. However, former coach Ravi Shastri has put all the critics to rest.
During a conversation with ANI, Shastri said, 'You guys start over-criticizing the player. Tell me, how many teams have been this consistent for so long? Many big players haven't managed to win a world cup, so that's not a criterion of judgement. Just because Kohli hasn't won a world cup doesn't mean he's a bad player.'
The former coach went on to say, 'Sachin Tendulkar had to play six World Cups to win his first. Many important players such as Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman haven't managed to win a World Cup and there are only 2 Indian captains in history to win a World Cup. Even Rohit Sharma hasn't won a World Cup till now.'
#WATCH | ...It took Tendulkar 6 World Cups before winning one...Many prominent players like Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman haven't won World Cup, doesn't mean they are bad players...We've only 2 world cup winning captains: Ravi Shastri, Ex-Head Coach, Indian Cricket Team in Muscat, Oman pic.twitter.com/sk785cuycA— ANI (@ANI) January 25, 2022
This statement by Shastri may put a full stop to further similar questions regarding Virat Kohli. However, India will participate in the 50-over World Cup in India in 2023. It will be interesting to see if India's ICC trophy drought of 11 years comes to an end or not.
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