Former Indian wicketkeeper batsman, Syed Kirmani has come out in support of the Indian captain, Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli has come under the microscope ever since he got into a verbal duel with his Australian counterpart, Tim Paine. Veteran Actor Naseeruddin Shah’s criticism of Virat’s actions in the second Test elicited a totally different view from the Former Wicket-keeper batsman.
“Naseeruddin Shah, and everybody else have their opinions. Everybody looks at things with different perspective. So, I have nothing to contradict with what Naseeruddin Shah has to say about Kohli. Look, there are natural instincts embedded in everybody. Those natural instincts in their blood cannot be changed,” Kirmani said.
While Kirmani believes that some natural instincts cannot be curbed, he also accepted that sledging is a part of the game and it cannot be changed.
“We never had the advantage of IT and third umpire, but we played cricket in gentlemen’s spirit. I am very proud of it. However, there was sledging in our time too. It will not die,” he added.
Kirmani was replying to a question on Shah’s comments about Kohli on the sidelines of 100-year celebration of Bangalore United Cricket Club. Shah had labeled the Indian skipper as the World’s “Worst behaved cricketer” in a tweet.
While no lines were crossed, the Indians are facing are way more criticism than the Australian side, for the verbal duels. It’s no surprise that the Aussies started the sledging and Virat’s aggression inspired the team to reply. There has been mixed opinion on these verbal battles and some are in favour of the Indian skipper while some are not.
Kirmani is of the opinion that introduction of fines by the umpires only means that the game isn’t being played in the gentleman’s spirit. Virat Kohli was involved in a lengthy verbal duel with Tim Paine and they were centimeters away from each other on one occasion.