Legendary Indian opener, Virender Sehwag has once again aimed a dig at Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
The flamboyant opener has criticized Kohli in the past for his eccentric selection decisions. The decision to omit Ajinkya Rahane from the first test match shocked fans and pundits alike, as no one could believe that Kohli would drop India’s most successful overseas batsman.
That decision backfired on Kohli and his men, as Rahane’s absence was obvious against the powerful South African bowling attack.
Kohli defended the decision to drop Rahane, by citing his poor form in recent matches as the main reason. Sehwag did not buy that argument, and called for Kohli to drop himself if poor form is the criteria for selection.
Now Sehwag has had another go at Kohli, as Viru feels that Kohli needs someone who can point out his mistakes on the field.
“I think, Virat Kohli needs some players who can point out his mistakes on the field,” Sehwag said in a show on ‘India TV’.
“Every team has four-five players who advise the skipper and help him avoid mistakes on the field. I don’t see that in the current Indian squad.
“There’s no one in the squad who can challenge Kohli’s selection decision in the dressing room. No player is up to his standard,” he added.
“Virat Kohli has reached a level where he can play well in adverse situations and he expects the same from the rest of India squad,” the former swashbuckling opener said.
“However, other players in the squad haven’t reached the stature where Kohli already is. This is affecting Kohli’s captaincy.”
“Kohli is just asking them to make runs like him. And there’s nothing wrong with it. I remember, when Sachin Tendulkar was the captain, he used to ask other batsmen to score runs. If I can score, then why can’t you?”
“It’s important is to sit together and talk to make a strategy for the upcoming Test. No single player can lead you to victory, teamwork is important. Every player has to contribute,” the Nawab of Najafgarh said