Virat Kohli breaks his silence on the outrage over Anushka Sharma’s World Cup semi-final presence; slams the critics

When India lost to Australia in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, a large section of the social media criticised Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and blamed her presence at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) for the defeat. There were jokes circulated on her and the Bollywood actress, who happens to be the girlfriend of cricketer Virat Kohli, was unfairly targeted, while a section of media was critical on the cricketer’s performance.

 

After a few weeks of silence, Kohli finally broke the ice and lashed out at the critics who blamed the NH 10 star for India’s exit from the tournament.

 

As reported by PTI, Kohli at a promotional event of his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said, “At a human level, I would say I was hurt and the people who said those things and the way they said should be ashamed of themselves.”

 

 

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Kohli, who was criticised by the media for his dismissal in the tournament semi-final, reminded everyone about his performance during the past five years.

 

“Personally, I was very disappointed. In last five years, the number of matches I’ve helped India win and the consistently I’ve played is more than anyone else in the team. I don’t think there’s anybody else in the team who has done better than me,” said Kohli, hiding no disappointments.

 

“To see those reactions after just one match was very disappointing for me personally. It makes you lose faith in a lot of people. It’s a good thing in a way. You get to know who’s with you and who’s not. It was not in my control. But the reactions were very disappointing,” added the 26-year-old.

 

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Kohli was at his sarcastic best and remarked that he wondered why there were different parameters to judge different players when it came to dip in form.

 

He said: “It’s funny that I never know when my rough patch comes but you make the judgement. In my case, if I don’t do well in two games, it is dip in form but if some other player performs two games out of 10, they come back in form.  So I don’t get the balance and I really don’t pay attention to it. It’s about how you hit the ball on that particular day.”

Coming to IPL, RCB hasn’t really performed well as a unit but this time Kohli is hoping for a turnaround. Speaking about the side’s chances, Kohli said, “We have some experienced players like AB de Villiers, Mitchell Starc (out for three weeks), who have had a dream run in the World Cup. I’m very confident that we’ll go far in the tournament and hopefully will win the IPL-8 title.”

Talking about captaincy, Kohli said that he feels leading an IPL franchise was a lot easier than the national team.

“Captaining IPL team is not as difficult as national team. You have guys all over the world, you don’t need to tell the guys what to do. It makes the job easier to captain the guys who have led their respective countries. It’s comparatively an easier job,” said the Indian Test captain.