‘Hurt’ Virat Kohli slams critics; says don’t comment if you haven’t played for country

India turned the tide in their favour as they emerged victorious in the four-match Test series against South Africa after losing the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) series. There has been a lot of controversy regarding the nature of the pitch and playing conditions in the entire series.

Cricket fraternity and media expressed their opinion over the wickets prepared and Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli in an interview with bcci.tv opened up on the whole issue regarding the Test series. Kohli defended his side and sent out a strong message to the critics who have not been in the situation through which team India went through. He opines that the experts are focusing too much on the loophole and flaws in spite of concentrating on the strengths of the team.

Kohli said, “It obviously hurts when people who have played the game themselves make such comments. I am not saying all of them do it. Some of them understand the mindset of the players, having gone through similar situations in their careers. They lend you support, say the right thing and even help you with certain technicalities.

But some people like to focus on the negatives. It feels bad as an Indian cricketer. Growing up, you have looked up to these people, and when you hear such comments from them you lose a bit of respect for them. It would be more respectful of them to come up and speak to a player individually if they feel there is some flaw that needs to be corrected.

And someone who hasn’t played for the country has no right to comment on an international cricketer anyway. I don’t think that has any kind of logic. You cannot sit there and say how you would have done something differently when you have not been in that situation yourself and don’t have the mindset of a cricketer.”

Kohli also commented on how Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have grown not only as a bowler but also as bowling captains. Kohli was pretty pleased with how Umesh Yadav bowled in the Delhi Test and got the old ball to reverse. Overall, it has been a phenomenal series for young team India as they are going through a building phase and from here on things will only better for them.