It Is Absolutely Fine To Fail In Two Or Three Matches, Says Gautam Gambhir After Virat Kohli’s Barren Run Against Australia
India opener Gautam Gambhir has come out in defence of India skipper Virat Kohli who failed miserably with the bat in the recently-concluded series against Australia.
Kohli entered the Border-Gavaskar series on the back of some sensational performance in the longest format of the game. The 28-year old batsman had scored four double centuries in the last four series and was widely tipped to carry his form against Steve Smith’s men too. However, the right-handed batsman looked a pale shadow of himself as he could manage only 46 runs in 3 Tests before being ruled out of the last Test in Dharamsala.
However, Gambhir is not willing to read too much into Kohli’s failures with the bat against Australia and instead praised him for leading India remarkably well in the just-concluded series.
“Being a young captain and performing so well, that too in his first season, speaks a lot about Virat’s captaincy. After you have had such a consistent run, it is fine to fail in a one or two matches. After all, he is a human being. They are bound to make mistakes. People can’t be unreasonable with their expectations. A batsman can’t go out and score hundreds and double hundreds in every match.
“That is not a fair demand especially when that player is playing all the three formats. The more you play, the more you score but the more you fail as well. The kind of success he has had as a player and skipper this season, we should enjoy that rather than thinking that he has been very cold in this series. It is absolutely fine to fail in two or three matches,” Gambhir told India Today.
Gambhir further heaped praise on Ravindra Jadeja who bagged the Man of the Series for his all-round display. The Saurashtra star was the highest wicket-taker in the series with 25 scalps to his name in addition to scoring two half-centuries including the match-turning 63-run in the final Test.
“Jadeja was branded as a one-day and T20 bowler when he started playing international cricket. From there to becoming the No.1 Test bowler in the world is an incredible feat. Hats off to him,” Gambhir said.
“See, batters were always expected to score runs whether it was Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane or anyone else. They were expected to score tons of runs in home conditions,” Gambhir said.
“But, to see Jadeja run through the Aussie batting line up along with Ashwin was something special. More so because on some occasions, India decided to go in with only four bowlers. Living up to the expectations was a big challenge for them,” he added.
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