T20 World Cup: Kapil Dev not impressed with Virat Kohli’s remark after defeat against NZ© AFP
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev has admitted he was surprised by Virat Kohli’s “we were not brave enough” comments following the defeat against New Zealand in the Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday. New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets in the Dubai International Stadium and the Men in Blue suffered their second defeat in as many matches. Virat was asked after the game to reflect on the defeat against the Blackcaps, to which he said: “Quite bizarre. To be very honest and brutal up front, I do not think we were brave enough with bat or ball.”
During a conversation on ABP News, Kapil Dev responded to Kohli’s comments, saying: “Of course this is a very weak statement from a player of Virat Kohli’s stature. We all know he has the hunger and desire to win matches for the team. But if the body language of the team and the thought process of the captain are not up to standard, it is very difficult to lift the mood of the players inside the locker room. ”
Kapil Dev, who led India to their first World Cup in 1983, also encouraged head coach Ravi Shastri and mentor MS Dhoni to use their experience to motivate the team in such dire times. He also added that the criticism of the team is justified, and the players should deal with it.
Team India now has an outside chance to qualify for the semi-finals. They will have to win their remaining matches and hope the other results go their way.
India’s top order fell apart on Sunday as the team were able to score 110/7 in 20 overs in the face of some quality bowling by the New Zealand seam bowlers. India’s bowling was also below par as only Jasprit Bumrah could pull a few wickets against the Kiwis. India previously lost by 10 wickets against Pakistan.
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