Men in Blue were defeated by Australia despite scoring 358 runs in the fourth ODI in Mohali. While some have lambasted Indian bowlers for not defending such a mammoth total, other have blasted Virat Kohli for his ordinary captaincy in the absence of MS Dhoni, who is famous for his suggestions. Former Sri Lankan spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan, however, has defend the Indian team saying fans need to be more patient.

Speaking to IANS, he said it is impossible to have 11 match winners in the team and it is important to experiment before of the World Cup in England and Wales.

“You have to be patient with the team. The Indian team has been doing really well and are trying to experiment with the World Cup round the corner. You will get failures on the road to success as there cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the team. Not everyone can be a match-winner,” he said.

“You will win some games and you will also lose a few. Otherwise, every team must be filled with 11 Kohlis or Sachin Tendulkars or Don Bradmans, but that cannot happen,” Muralitharan added.

He praised Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal for their exceptional bowling display.

“I think they are doing a good job. Both are quality performers and the fact that they have done well in all conditions bears testimony to their talent. Also, why do you think someone of the calibre of R Ashwin is not being able to squeeze into the limited-overs team? It is because these two have done well. Just one bad game (in Mohali) can’t be enough to criticise them. We are not dealing with robots here,” he said.

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