Virat Kohli’s outburst in press-conference was attributed to ‘hurt’ of the defeat: Sunil Gavaskar
"That is probably the wrong time to ask him that question."
Published - Sep 13, 2018 11:52 am | Updated - Sep 13, 2018 11:57 am
From his batting’s perspective, Virat Kohli was a class apart from the other batters with 593 runs from five matches at an incredible average of 59.30. However, as far as the Indian team was concerned, Kohli didn’t have the best of times by any means. India lost the final Test at Kennington Oval in London by 118 runs and ended their rather abysmal campaign on English soil.
Meanwhile, despite their losses, India are touted to possess the best touring team in the last 15 years. However, in the post-match press conference, a journalist raised questions over their credibility that somewhat agitated the 29-year-old Indian captain. Subsequently, the right-handed batsman lashed out at the journo, saying that it was the reporter’s own opinions.
It was clear that the skipper was disappointed
Nevertheless, Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian skipper, said that the question from the journo wasn’t inappropriate, but its timing wasn’t correct as Kohli was severely hurt after India’s 1-4 drubbing. In the meantime, he also iterated that Ravi Shastri, India’s head coach, didn’t try to undermine the contribution of the earlier teams, which toured England.
“That is probably the wrong time to ask him that question. He (Virat) must have been hurting from the defeat. Maybe the reporter was perfectly justified in asking that but I don’t think any skipper would have responded with a ‘you are right but we are wrong’ statement.
To be honest, Ravi (Shastri) would have said that (best touring team in last 15 years) to lift the morale of the team. I don’t think so that he was trying to rubbish the earlier teams. That wasn’t the coach’s intention I believe,” Gavaskar was quoted as saying in India Today.
“His team was 1-3 down and maybe he just wanted to end on a high. I don’t think that we should read too much into Virat’s reaction either. It was clear that the skipper was disappointed with what had happened and maybe he responded that way,” he added.