As if India’s first Test series loss in three years wasn’t enough to contend with, captain Virat Kohli’s outburst at the post-match press conference after the Centurion Test has become the latest talk of the town and is drawing him criticism from all quarters now. After losing the second Test to South Africa by 135 runs, Kohli was visibly upset when he walked into his press meet and has been subsequently accused of letting his emotions get the better of him.
Team India followed up on their poor batting display in the series opener at Cape Town with yet another collective batting failure in the Centurion Test, letting the hosts to seal the series 2-0 with relative ease in the process. Kohli’s aggressive attitude and body language is a part of Indian cricket’s folklore now and the Indian captain did not hold it back at the post-match press meet either.
Reflecting on the current captain’s outburst at the presser, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin stated that Kohli needs to tone down his demeanor a little-bit and learn to calm himself down when faced with a difficult situation or question.
“A captain’s job is to defend his decision-making and I believe this was the reason why he was defending himself and got agitated during the press conference. But getting angry over a reporter’s question was not at all correct. It is a reporter’s right to ask questions. If you like a question you answer it, and if you don’t like it just don’t answer. Virat Kohli will have to understand how to handle the press when things are not going your way,” Azharuddin told online media outlet Sports Tak.
Former India pacer and coach Madan Lal also echoed Azhar’s views and said: “Virat shouldn’t have lost his cool. This was nothing, more questions will be asked if India go on to lose the third Test. I feel it wasn’t India’s best XI that played in the Centurion Test.”
India traveled to the Rainbow nation amid much fanfare and with genuine hopes of breaking their duck in South Africa but what has followed has certainly upset Indian fans and pundits alike.