Former India cricketer Arun Lal has thrown his support behind Virat Kohli, who was highly criticized by the fans on social media for his poor captaincy in the recently-concluded World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
Virat’s performance came under scrutiny after he failed to guide Team India to another major ICC title.
However, Arun Lal feels that Kohli shouldn’t be blamed alone as the entire India batting line-up failed to perform in the high-octane clash at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
On the Reserve Day of the WTC final, India started the day with a 32-run lead and eight wickets in hand. However, the overnight batsmen, Kohli and Pujara were unable to score heavily and eventually the team was bowled out for just 170 runs in the second innings.
Talking about the way India skipper was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on Day 6, Lal said, “We can’t really say it was a bad shot. Your foot is two feet away from the ball and you still hit it for a boundary, everyone then says it’s a classy shot. But you miss a similar kind of ball and it takes the edge, people will then say, ‘No footwork, playing away from the body. Horrible shot’.”
“That’s not the way you should deal with it. Besides, all our batsmen looked vulnerable against the Dukes ball. Why blame Virat alone?,” the 65-year-old told The Telegraph.