'Pure jealously towards Kohli' - Virat Kohli fans slam Sunil Gavaskar for hinting at bias in the Indian team

‘Pure jealously towards Kohli’ – Virat Kohli fans slam Sunil Gavaskar for hinting at bias in the Indian team

Sunil Gavaskar stated that T Natarajan was 'forced' to stay back as net bowler even after birth of his daughter.

Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli
Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Getty Images & Twitter)

It is a loud and clear fact by now that the Indian skipper had to leave for India after plying his trade in the first Test at Adelaide. The same happened and Kohli left for India after the first Test to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first baby. There have been a lot of debates around the matter in past on whether he should leave the team mid-way or not.

The matter got heated up once again on social media when veteran cricketer Sunil Gavaskar stated that there is a bias in the Indian cricket team. It has different rules for different people, and bowlers like Ravi Ashwin are sidelined for not performing. On the other hand, established batters have an easy chance in the team despite all their failures. His comments took a dig at Virat Kohli indirectly, who has left the team after the first Test match.

Gavaskar stated that newcomer T Natarajan was forced to stay up with the team as a net bowler even after the birth of his daughter. He was asked to stay back after his brilliant performance in the limited over series. Many also pointed out that, especially after India’s embarrassing performance in the first Test, Virat Kohli should have stayed back with the Indian team for the rest of the matches.

That’s Indian cricket, different rules for different people: Sunil Gavaskar

“A match-winner, albeit in another format, being asked to be a net bowler. He will thus return home only after the series ends in the third week of January and get to see his daughter for the first time then. And there is the captain going back after the first Test for the birth of his first child. That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me, ask Ravi Ashwin and T. Natarajan,” Gavaskar wrote in a Star Sports column.

“Disagree with Gavaskar. No one is forcing Natarajan to bowl in the nets. He realizes it’s a stepping stone for him. Kohli deciding to go back is a personal choice. Cricket is his profession, a part of life, not his entire life. If that renders him unfit to play, sure, fire him,” added a Twitter user.

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