ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Harbhajan Singh slammed the critics for targeting Virat Kohli over his tentative approach

Karan RawatKaran Rawat

November 14 2023
Harbhajan Singh slammed the critics for targeting Virat Kohli over his tentative approach

Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Virat Kohli has been in the form of his life in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. He is sitting at the top of the batting chart. Indian batter has scored 594 runs at an impressive average of 99 and a strike rate of 88.52, with a best of 103 not out. The 35-years-old also equalled Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI hundreds on his birthday against South Africa at Eden Gardens.

He has scored two hundreds and five half-centuries, which are some exceptional numbers. Former cricketers, cricket experts, and fans have lauded the former Indian captain for his consistency in the tournament, but there are others who have consistently criticized him over his tentative approach and strike rate during his innings.

Harbhajan Singh comes in support of Virat Kohli

There have been some fans and former cricketers who have questioned Virat Kohli over his role in the competition. Some have also said that he is playing for his personal milestones and taking too much time to score runs where other Indian batters have scored runs quickly. However, former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has come in support of the former Indian captain.

In his interview with Sports Tak, Bhajji said that Virat doesn’t play for his record and only plays according to the situation. Harbhajan said, “I don’t think Virat Kohli plays for records. I met him a few days ago during a match and told him that he missed out on a century. Replying to that, he said, ‘It’s okay. There are a lot of matches and hundreds will come when they have to.’ That is his mindset. For him, it is more important to play good cricket and win matches for the team.”

However, Rohit Sharma and Indian management have also confirmed that they have given this certain role of anchoring the innings to Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, the former captain is just one hundred away from becoming the first player to score 50 ODI tons in history. He will be back in action on Wednesday, when India will take on New Zealand in the first semi-finals at the Wankhede Stadium. It will be a perfect platform for him to achieve this special landmark.

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