Gambhir hits out at Kohli’s critics after New Zealand fiasco
Indian captain Virat Kohli had a disastrous tour of New Zealand as he failed to make his presence count in the Tests and ODIs. Virat Kohli was nowhere close to posing a threat to the Kiwis as he struggled to score runs against the high-quality pacers.
Virat Kohli found it really hard to cope with the moving ball in tough conditions in New Zealand which drew criticism from all quarters – from many experts and former players and in fact, questions have been raised over Virat Kohli’s batting technique too.
While a majority of the fans have targeted Virat Kohli for his fiasco in New Zealand, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir launched a scathing attack on Kohli’s critics and defended the Indian skipper. Kohli managed to score just a mediocre 75 runs in three ODIs as India lost the ODI series by 3-0 before returning with just 38 runs in four innings in the Test series which India lost by a margin of 2-0.
While Kohli’s failure was considered as one of the major reasons behind India’s bad outing in both ODIs and Tests, world class paceman Jasprit Bumrah was also terrible in his approach as he wicketless in ODIs. Bumrah picked six wickets in the two Tests.
“I was once again disappointed by the way critics went after Virat Kohli and his men after the 2-0 Test series loss against New Zealand,” Gambhir wrote in his column for the Times of India.
“Everything was questioned. Selection choices, the atmosphere in the dressing room, Japsrit Bumrah’s sharpness, or the lack of it, and even Virat Kohli’s eyesight,” he added.
India kick-started their tour of New Zealand on a remarkable note with a 5-0 clean sweep of the hosts in the shortest version of the game before the Kiwis bounced back to shock the visitors. New Zealand got the better of India 3-0 in the ODI series before thumping them by 10 wickets and 7 wickets in two Tests respectively.
“Prithvi Shaw was touring New Zealand in India colours for the first time. Mayank Agarwal is not too old in the piece. In the absence of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the dependency on Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane was way too much. In the end, the conditions proved way too challenging,” said the former Indian opener.