The aggressive form of Indian Test captain continues, this time off the field. The skipper blasted the media and the governing councils for terming the Nagpur pitch as “poor” and taking the victory’s credit away from the team’s performance and giving it instead to the spin-friendly pitch.
The home team crushed the South African side in the 3rd Test match held at Nagpur by a wide margin of 124 runs. With spinners taking almost all the wickets, batsmen failing to reach half-century scores and the play ending under 3 days, the media was treated with a strong and aggressive stance from the Indian captain when the former asked him about his views on the controversial pitch.
“Well, there have been three scores of under 50 runs (in an innings) in South Africa but I haven’t seen any sort of articles on that. Teams have been bundled out under 100 for about six times in South Africa. Never saw any articles written on that. See articles are there to be written. It’s a mindset or an opinion of someone. I don’t relate to it, I don’t understand it and I don’t entertain it. It doesn’t bother me or the team,” Kohli shot back on media reports.
ICC match referee Jeff Crowe filed a report stating the Nagpur pitch was not fit for International matches to be played on it. The Indian board BCCI has been asked to give a reply regarding the same under 14 days. Indian captain indirectly gave statements towards the International Cricket Council’s decision and its terminology of the pitch being “poor”. “Yes, I am talking about anyone (including ICC). I am not only talking about people writing articles in general. It’s an assessment that happens in every condition and at every ground. Unfortunately, the situation in our country is highlighted a bit too much and that’s a fact. Because only thing we talk about is the pitch and when we were in South Africa, the only thing we talked about is how badly we played,” insisted Kohli.
The recently concluded historic event of the first “Pink Ball and Day-Night Test” match which also concluded in three days was also brought into account and in comparison by Virat Kohli. The skipper said, “I don’t think anyone has written an article about Adelaide Test which finished in two and half days. So I don’t see anything wrong in our pitches.”
When asked about his home ground Kotla track, Kohli sounded livid. “I don’t want to say much about the pitch as lot has been said about it. It’s better if we talk about the positives. Because when the team wins, you should get support from every corner. We always try to find points to criticise people, but we should give confidence to people. That’s why this is something which I don’t find logical, that everyone is commenting on the pitch,” he said.