Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has taken a jibe at Virat Kohli for calling the outside talks ‘nonsense’. Ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series in Pune, the Indian captain asserted that he doesn’t really listen to the “outside noise” and only focuses on his game.
Replying to a question on KL Rahul, who is going through a lean patch, Kohli said, “When an individual is going through a tough phase – it’s not like he forgets how to play, it’s just that mental clarity isn’t as good. At that time if you are being told that you’re out of form, then you’re bringing in another external factor into your system.”
“It’s a simple game: you have to watch the ball and react and hit the ball. You have to be in the moment and all this outside talk, to be very honest, is complete nonsense,” the 32-year-old batsman said in a pre-match conference.
However, Kohli’s comment didn’t go down well with Manjrekar as he feels the Delhi-born cricketer needs to show maturity and calmness while handling the criticism just like former India skipper MS Dhoni.
The 55-year-old commentator took to his official Twitter handle and pointed out that the “outside talk” which Virat Kohli has termed as nonsense is the public opinion based on the performance of the Indian team.
“Outside talk which Virat calls nonsense is basically public reacting to a public performance. And it’s always been the same- Praise when you do well, critique when you don’t. Virat must learn to accept this age-old reality with calmness & maturity. Just like Dhoni did,” Manjrekar tweeted.