Sanjay Manjrekar, former India player opined that Kohli should embrace criticism like Dhoni used to do. It’s high time according to him that the Indian national cricket team captain should learn calmness and maturity.
Kohli on KL
On Monday when Virat Kohli was asked about KL Rahul, he responded in a rude way to the critics and called those criticism as ‘outside noise’. On KL Rahul’s lean patch, the captain said, “When an individual is going through a tough phase – it’s not like he forgets how to play, it’s just that mental clarity isn’t as good at the time – at that time if you know what things are being said and you’re being told you’re out of form, then you’re bringing in another external factor into your system. It’s a simple game: you have to watch the ball and react and hit the ball. You have to be in the moment and all this outside talk, to be very honest, is completely nonsense.”
He further added, “From the first to the last day of my career, all this outside talk has been nonsense to me.” He continued, “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.”
Reacting on the same, Sanjay Manjrekar, the cricketer-turned-commentator tweeted, “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 MS Dhoni did.”
Manjrekar thinks that the way former India captain used to deal with all these, the current skipper should be able to that.