New Delhi. Former India cricketer Kirti Azad on Friday came out in support of under pressure Indian captain Virat Kohli, saying there are ups and downs in every cricketer’s life.
Azad said that India usually has the urge to win and people do not have sportsmanship.
Kohli’s bat has been silent for quite some time and he has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019.
Azad, who was a member of the 1983 World Cup winning team, told IANS, “When a batsman bats well, we appreciate him but when he struggles, we immediately start criticizing him.” All players have their good and bad days. Generally in India, the spirit of winning is more among the people than the spirit of sportsmanship. We have to learn from this.
“If Anderson is bowling well and taking wickets, it is not Kohli alone who is responsible for it. Anderson has also appreciated and that is the spirit of the game.
Asked whether it was the right decision to bat first after winning the toss in Leeds, the cricketer-turned-politician said that any team would have preferred to bat here.
Azad said, the toss doesn’t matter. Any team would choose to bat first here.
Appreciating the England bowlers, the former cricketer advised the Indian players to understand the situation and make a plan.
Azad said, “If we talk about our bowlers, when they bowl, the England batsmen do not give a chance to swing. Another thing I have noticed is that our bowlers bowl three balls right then put the next ball in the leg-stumps and the batsman scores. The discipline that I have seen in the bowlers of England is not there in the Indians. (IANS)
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