No matter how good Kohli had been prior to the final, the No.1 ODI batsman in the world failed miserably when it mattered the most. Coming to bat after the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, the task was bestowed upon Kohli to re-build India’s innings on their way to a daunting chase of 339 runs.
However, Kohli disappointed everyone, as he could add only 5 runs to the board playing 9 balls, and no wonder, Indian middle-order couldn’t fill in the void that got apparent following their top-order’s failure. In the end, India were bundled out for just 158 runs.
But now, former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist on Monday offerred his support behind Virat Kohli, saying that the Indian captain, whose transition has been excellent in the recent years, should not be judged on the basis of performance in just one game.
Although Gilchrist admitted that Dhoni is an inspirational leader, he believes that Kohli?s tournament was brilliant and that he is the right man to lead the side.
“MS Dhoni was a wonderful captain. He is an inspirational leader. But I think Virat?s transition has been excellent. You should not judge him on one game. His tournament was brilliant,” Gilchrist told the reporters.
“He had some really difficult times in England previously. So he had proved that he can play over there. He strikes me as an amazing young man who loves and cherishes and relishes all the responsibilities. So I think he is right man to be leading the team,” he added.
The former Australian cricketer admitted that the result came as a big surprise, but as it is said that Pakistan are unpredictable and they had proved the same yesterday.
“It was a big surprise to see the result, but Pakistan is unpredictable. India had a fantastic tournament. But it was quite disappointing not to win the most important game of the tournament, in the finals. That is the limited-overs cricket. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day. And this tournament proved the same,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com