Sunil Gavaskar lends support to Virat Kohli: Not right time to ask tough questions

first_imgVirat Kohli found support in former skipper Sunil Gavaskar who felt that journalists shouldn’t be asking such questions at this point in time.A reporter asked Kohli if he endorses Ravi Shastri’s views of this Indian team being the best in the last 15-20 years. But the Indian captain snapped back at him and retorted, “We have to believe we are the best side. Why not?”The question was repeated, and Kohli asked: “What do you think?” When he was told “I’m not sure”, he responded: “You’re not sure? That is your opinion. Thank you.”Virat Kohli angry after journalist asks sharp questions at press conferenceGavaskar is of the opinion that this is not the right time to be asking such questions to Kohli.”That’s probably the wrong time to ask him that question because he is hurting from the defeat. The reporter was perfectly justified in asking that question but I don’t think any skipper would have responded differently,” Gavaskar told India Today in an exclusive chat.Did think about going for victory at tea time, says Kohli after Oval lossKohli’s fiery press conference was the result of the backlash of Shastri’s comments last week. “If you look at the last three years, we have won nine matches overseas and three series (against West Indies and twice in Sri Lanka). I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years that has had the same run in such a short time,” the head coach had said before the Oval Test.advertisementA series of what could have been: Opinions float after India lose 4-1 to EnglandBut his comments backfired as India went down by 118 runs in the fifth and final Test at The Oval on Tuesday to lose series 1-4 against England.Virat Kohli rues missed opportunities after 4-1 series defeat to EnglandNot only was this India’s worst performance in a five-Test series since 1991, it was also the second successive defeat under Kohli and coach on an overseas tour after the 2-1 loss in South Africa earlier this year.Virat Kohli batted like a champion but captaincy raises questions”The coach might have said that to boost the morale of the team. I don’t think he was trying to rubbish the earlier teams, that I don’t think was Ravi Shastri’s intention. I don’t think they should read too much into Virat’s reaction either. It was clearly understandable that the skipper was disappointed with what had happened,” Gavaskar went on to add.As India lose another Test series overseas, time for Ravi Shastri to answer tough questionsIndia’s batting unit, barring Kohli, failed to fire throughout the series while the lower order also couldn’t contribute with the bat as much as the visitors would have liked which led to their downfall.Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duckKohli alone amassed 593 runs in the 10 innings including two hundreds and three half-centuries. It was only because of Kohli’s efforts which kept India in the hunt for most part of the series even though the series result suggests otherwise.Be it the bowlers failing to clean up the lower order of England or the batsmen unable to stay on the crease and play out deliveries, an Indian team that is known to be “ruthless” had lacked depth.Cheteshwar Pujara and KL Rahul’s hundreds in the fourth and fifth respectively, helped them improve their series averages but did little to change the course of the matches in India’s favour.That killer instinct that India showed in home conditions has been missing on away tours and the batsmen have been bereft of patience and skill against perhaps the best fast bowling attack in James Anderson and Stuart Broad.India have some tough questions to answer and some difficult decisions to make once they land home.last_img