For the first time since 2015 World Cup, India’s newly appointed Test captain Virat Kohli opened up and lashed out at media for unnecessarily criticizing his girlfriend and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and stated that they “should be ashamed of themselves” for this inappropriate behaviour.
“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,” he said in reference to the abuse Anushka Sharma had to face after his poor show in the semis against Australia.
Kohli, who was India’s 3rd highest run-getter in the tournament, expressed that how easily people forget the good innings that he has played for the country and as “no one has won more matches” than him in 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.
“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.”
Taking a dig at the media, Kohli sarcastically remarked that there are different parameters for different players when it comes to dip in form.
“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’s dip in form but if some other player performs two games out of 10, they come back in form,” Kohli was at his sarcastic best.
“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,” Kohli concluded.