Venkatesh Prasad defended Virat Kohli against critics who accused him of prioritizing personal achievements over team success, underscoring that Kohli’s “selfishness” is driven by a commitment to excellence and winning for the nation.

Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad came in Virat Kohli’s defense from the negative criticism that the latter has been subjected to after his century in the India vs South Africa game on November 5. The remarkable play by the Indian batsman in the 2023rd edition of the CWC has ignited debates. Critics and analysts of the game argued that the former captain is focusing on personal achievements rather than the team’s success, potentially playing in a “self-centered” manner.

A few believed Kohli played slow innings in the India vs South Africa clash to fulfill his century, an assumption that was proven false when the ace batsman stated, “It was a tricky wicket to bat on. The pitch was on the slower side and I was told by the team management to bat deep.”

Kohli continued to tell the broadcasters,” Shreyas played well and we got a few more runs towards the end. Every opportunity to play for India is a big one for me. To be able to do that on my birthday, in front of the whole crowd, it’s the stuff of dreams, something that as a child you wish had happened.”

Prasad asserted that Kohli’s ‘selfishness’ ought to be perceived positively. In defense of the controversial opinions, Coach Prasad took to X, where he wrote: “Hearing funny arguments about Virat Kohli being Selfish and obsessed with personal milestone. Yes, Kohli is selfish, selfish enough to follow the dream of a billion people, selfish enough to strive for excellence even after achieving so much, selfish enough to set new benchmarks, selfish enough to ensure his team wins. Yes, Kohli is selfish.”

India secured a resounding 243-run victory against South Africa in the 2023 ODI World Cup, on November 5. Kohli’s exceptional performance in the game won him the ‘Man of The Match’ award which he wished to share with Ravindra Jadeja, who took five crucial wickets. Unbeaten in the season thus far, India boasts an impressive 16 points at the top of the points table with a run rate of (+)2.456.

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Last Updated on November 6, 2023