Indian Team Director Ravi Shastri has come to the defence of Virat Kohli, who has been criticized by the fickle-minded fans and journalists for having an ordinary run in the 2015 World Cup and, has said that Kohli’s form had nothing to do with his girlfriend Anushka Sharma’s presence and to call it, that is “utter nonsense”.
In 8 matches, Kohli scored 305 runs at an average of 50.83 with a hundred against Pakistan at Adelaide. Although he wasn’t able to score big against Bangladesh and Australia, he was involved in some crucial partnerships with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the matches against South Africa and UAE respectively.
“If it was so, Virat wouldn’t have got 700 runs and smashed four centuries in Tests in Australia. His work ethics is as good as any I have seen. His heart beats for India. It’s a pedigree you don’t see often. And to tell you the truth, he isn’t a finished article yet.”
Kohli showed that, “it’s not the size of the dog in fight that matters. It’s the fight in dog that counts,” Shastri added.
On the other hand, Bharat Arun, India’s Assistant Coach, also praised Virat Kohli by saying that his passion for the game makes him a perfect material to lead India in near future.
“Hundred percent. He understands it (captaincy). He is passionate about the game. He is not selfish. He thinks and has time for other members of the team. He’s spot on technically too, be it field settings, bowling changes or strategies.”