During an interview at Cuttack today, Muralitharan said:
“Kohli is a great player who has performed consistently. Everyone can have a bad patch. It would be very silly to target him after one bad series (in England). Rather, everyone must support him. He is one of the characters of the game and the future of Indian cricket.”
Muralitharan also expressed confidence that as a captain Kohli will learn a lot in the series against Sri Lanka starting tomorrow.
“Kohli is very positive and leads in an aggressive manner. This opportunity will be a part of his learning process. ”
He was also not at all surprised by West Indies sudden pullout from the Indian tour and felt that this accident had to happen at some time.
“This is not the first time that the West Indian players have fallen out with their cricket board. There had been calls for boycotts and pullouts earlier but last-minute interventions had saved the day. But all the while, this was an accident waiting to happen. It happened in India,” Muralitharan said.