Sunil Gavaskar says the 'other persons' who didn't contact Virat Kohli should have been 'named'.
After India lost to Pakistan by five wickets in the Super 4 Stage of the 2022 Asia Cup on Sunday, Virat Kohli once again shocked the cricket world with a fiery news conference on September 4.
Mohammad Rizwan‘s innings of 71, which helped Pakistan beat the 182-run mark with one ball remaining, overshadowed Kohli’s knock of 60, which was India’s highest score in the critical match against their arch-rivals.
After the game, Kohli spoke to the media and made a remark that went viral on social media when discussing the team’s performance.
Only former captain MS Dhoni, among those who know his contact information, made an effort to approach Kohli when he stepped down as Test captain, according to Kohli.
Gavaskar Reacted To Virat Kohli's Statement
At the post-game news conference after India’s defeat by Pakistan, Kohli remarked,
“I can say one thing that when I announced my resignation from Test captaincy, I got message from only one person with whom I player earlier, that is MS Dhoni.
Many people have my number…many people give suggestions on TV…but the people who had my number, nobody messaged. The respect, the connection that you have with somebody, when that is genuine, it shows this way,”
Sunil Gavaskar, a former captain of India and renowned batter, responded to Kohli’s remarks by criticizing the 33-year-old and asserting that the chapter ended when he stepped down as captain.
Gavaskar was baffled by Virat’s words, remarking that if he had gathered names, it would have been simple to contact those folks and ask them, “Why didn’t you text him?”
In a discussion on India Today, Gavaskar said,
“I don’t know what the dressing room inside situation was with all these other players. Ideally, if he has named one person who got in touch, then maybe the other persons who didn’t get in touch should have also been named. That would have been a little bit fair to everybody concerned, rather than thinking that everybody else didn’t get in touch with him”
Watch The Discussion Here:
Sunil Gavaskar added the following on Sports Tak,
“What message did he intend to send?” he wondered. “Encouragement? But he’s done with captaincy, so why would he need motivation? That chapter (captaincy) is now complete.”
“You are now solely playing cricket. So concentrate on that position because as captain, you think about and concern for your teammates. When your captaincy is done, it’s time to concentrate on your individual game “declared the renowned opener.
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Many people believed Kohli was making a jab at Gavaskar when he said past players should approach him one-on-one for assistance rather than giving him advice on TV.
Despite the fact that he did not fail to mention it, when he retired from leadership in 1985, after winning the Benson & Hedges World Championship of Cricket in Australia, he received no special letters or calls.
“I quit leadership in 1985, following the (B&H) World Championship of Cricket.” That night, we celebrated and hugged each other, but what more do you expect?”
Watch What Virat Kohli Said In the Press Conference:
Twitter Dissed Sunil Gavaskar Over His Statement Against Virat Kohli:
Dear #sunilgavaskar leave #Kohli alone!! You are a legend of this game and don’t act like a fool .If you are not involved in all this farce then why are you repeatedly kept involving in this matter. You gave your opinion and you should stop. it’s like “CHOR KI DADHI MEIN TINKA”
— Gopinath Mohapatra (@Gopinath96op) September 6, 2022
If you want to correct someones technique,You should have done it way before when your son is struggling to make a place in Indian team.U cant even make ur son a proper cricketer and commenting bad on one of the greatest of Indian cricket.Shame on you #sunilgavaskar #ViratKohli
— Manik Sharma (@manikshrm108) September 6, 2022
I have lost all the respect for Gavaskar.. How dare he say something like this?? Just for a mumbai lobby captain!?
— Gaurav Kalra (@daredevilgaurav) September 6, 2022
Probably Gavaskar did not understand what he wants to convey. It is too easy to be sitting in the cool box to say whatever you want but did Gavaskar questioned egoistic BCCI administrators when India had 7 captains for white ball cricket. It hurts a lot for a captain like VK.
— Srikanth Natarajan (@SrikanthNatara2) September 6, 2022
Low blow by Mr Gavaskar.
Umm was it necessary?#ViratKohli #sunilgavaskar #Cricket pic.twitter.com/M3QBWZKXTZ
— Sonia Bhattacharjee (@the_soniab) September 6, 2022
#Sunilgavaskar !! May be you were a great batsman in your time.But your mentality and words doesnt suit ur age.Being a elder one commenting very cheaply on a player and u are a player youself.Stop your cheap comments on players and their personal life.Dont be a Stupid.
— Teja🤔 (@Gambit__95) September 6, 2022
Does #SunilGavaskar have a problem with @imVkohli ?
He has repeatedly dissed Kohli in public over the years. Could be 2 reasons. First is he is mighty jealous of Kohli and the legacy he will leave behind. Or second , he wants to stay relevant and provoking Kohli to stay in news https://t.co/ZYNwjf6mBt
— CA Rachna Desai (@tumblingweed6) September 5, 2022
If a player cannot express his thought with us. We also don’t need your suggestions on cricket #sunilgavaskar https://t.co/19JilrLyxi
— Chitransh Yashverdhan (@talktochitransh) September 6, 2022