Virat Kohli has always spoken his mind in press conferences before and after a cricket match. Yesterday before the first ODI against England, Kohli tagged outside noise as ‘Nonsense’. Now former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has taken a jibe at Kohli for his statements and advised him to learn from MS Dhoni. In the pre-match conference, Kohli had stated from the beginning of his career the outside noise has remained nonsense whether he is scoring runs or not.
He added that all the talk remains outside and will never enter the Indian dressing room as the management will continue to back players who are going through a lean patch. Reacting to this Sanjay Manjrekar scrutinised Kohli for his observations and suggested him to stay calm and show maturity like Dhoni.
Sanjay Manjrekar Criticizes Virat Kohli
“Outside talk which Virat calls nonsense is basically public reacting to a public performance. And it’s always been the same- Praise when you do well, critique when you don’t. Virat must learn to accept this age-old reality with calmness & maturity. Just like Dhoni did,” Manjrekar tweeted on this issue.
Outside talk which Virat calls nonsense is basically public reacting to a public performance. And it’s always been the same- Praise when you do well, critique when you don’t. Virat must learn to accept this age old reality with calmness & maturity. Just like Dhoni did.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 23, 2021
The Indian team management including Kohli was slammed after KL Rahul didn’t feature in the final T20I against England. Many experts on social media believed that the current team India side doesn’t back players enough when they don’t score runs even if they had been consistent in the past for a long time. Kohli clarified this ahead of the first T20I and asserted that KL Rahul will continue to be in the white-ball cricket set up. Here’s what Kohli had said before the first ODI which didn’t impress Sanjay Manjrekar.
“From the first to the last day of my career, all this outside talk has been nonsense to me. Who says what and why about a player, what’s the motive behind it, what’s the thinking behind it, it’s better that all that remains outside because we’re not going to let it enter our system even in the future. We are going to back our players and try and give them a good mental space.”