Virat Kohli should tone down aggression, feels Mohammad Azharuddin

Virat Kohli (right) was miffed being out to a controversial catch in the second ODI against Zimbabwe © AFP

New Delhi: Jul 29, 2013

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin was critical of young captain Virat Kohli losing his temper while controversially given out during the second One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe.

“You cannot behave like this being the captain of India. He should behave like a captain. I think he can tone down a little. It looks like he will be leading the country in the next few years, he should behave like one,” said Azharuddin in New Delhi on Monday.

Kohli was miffed being given out to a controversial catch and argued aggressively with the umpires even after the third umpire ruled against him in Harare.

Azharuddin advised Kohli to tone down and said it would help him in future.

“He is a good batsman and has been consistent, is a good overall cricketer too. Toning down will be good for him only. It is good to be aggressive but some things are uncalled for. He has got the opportunity so use it to the maximum,” said Azharuddin.

With the young Indian team doing well, Azharuddin said it will be difficult for seniors like Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan to make a comeback.

“It will be very difficult for them. The current team won the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, and also the tri-series in the West Indies. So to replace the winning combination will be difficult. The current team is doing well. The senior cricketers will need to perform well in the domestic circuit to try and make it to the team. They are not that old; in their early thirties so it is possible for them,” he said.

On the controversial Decision Review System (DRS), Azharuddin said: “I think too much technology creates havoc. The on-field umpires need to be given more respect and more power than technology. I mean a wrong decision will only lead to disrespect for the umpires. You need to understand that it is already tough out there for the umpires.”

When asked about the BCCI’s probe panel giving a clean chit to Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 spot-fixing and betting controversy, Azharuddin said: “Whatever decision has been made, was made. I guess you have to stick by it unless and until they tell the IPL governing council to take action. I have not followed the news properly, so will be difficult for me to comment on it.”