Virat Kohli defends his bowlers against critics

Written by Staff Writer Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli spoke out Thursday about the backlash to what he termed “unprofessional conduct” from trolls criticizing the captain of his home team’s bowling attacks. The Indian…

Virat Kohli defends his bowlers against critics

Written by Staff Writer

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli spoke out Thursday about the backlash to what he termed “unprofessional conduct” from trolls criticizing the captain of his home team’s bowling attacks.

The Indian attack turned in performance of far greater magnitude than their neighbors Pakistan on Wednesday as Kohli’s men romped to a four-wicket victory.

However, the criticism targeting their playing members has been ramping up as the real battle for an ongoing World Cup 2015 qualifier gets into full swing.

Bloggers and commentators around the globe have slammed their tactics as mere practice runs and questioned their decision to talk over the actions of their opponents rather than keep wickets.

Kohli finally spoke out about the tirade on Facebook on Thursday morning.

He started by describing himself as “guilty of being a responsible adult” but defending his bowlers.

“I am a pretty sensitive guy when it comes to such matters and can be wound up to no end when people choose to bash young boys and men for practising their skills and techniques during a game,” he wrote.

“I also feel sad when young players are, as well as adults, verbally and social media abused for practicing their profession.

“I refuse to let this happen any longer.

“I have learnt that social media is a very powerful tool with which to spread very bad things that are not all true.

“They misuse it to create debate and controversy that only gets worse with time,” wrote Kohli.

The Indian captain went on to describe criticism aimed at his bowlers in particular and his own form in particular.

He concluded by challenging those who have criticized his bowlers’ conduct, or taken up the cause of his Indian team-mates who have been “verbally abused” to stand by them.

“Instead of throwing insults and throwing stones at young men who have been playing and practising to improve the way they are, I challenge you to concentrate on a topic that is more important — the way India are playing cricket and to let these youngsters break your heart by their performances.

“We will only succeed in achieving our ambitions when we are focused on the competition — no-one else,” he wrote.

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