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Admire Virat Kohli but he should behave with dignity: Naseeruddin Shah to India Today

first_imgNaseeruddin Shah had stirred up a storm when he called Virat Kohli the worst behaved cricketer in the world. In a Facebook post, Naseeruddin Shah had said Kohli was indeed the best batsman in the world but his behaviour on the field left much to be desired. “Virat K is not only the world’s best batsman but also the world’s worst-behaved player. His cricketing brilliance pales beside his arrogance and bad manners.. And I have no intention of leaving the country by the way,” Shah wrote in a Facebook post.Naseeruddin’s comments drew widespread criticism but the respected Bollywood actor was in no mood to back down. Ten days after his controversial social media post, Naseeruddin told India Today he admired Kohli as a cricketer but he really needed to think about his on-field behaviour.”I have always admired Virat’s game, I am not a fool I know a bit about cricket. I have not admired his on-field demeanour and somebody should tell him it’s pretty simple to lip read in super slow motion. He should really think of what kind of an example he is setting.,” Naseeruddin Shah told India Today in an exclusive interview.”Why I ask from him because of the kind of dignity displayed by people like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, like Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble. The justification is the Aussies do it so we do it, it’s very strange,” Shah further said.”The amount of abuse I received, I did not expect that so many people would even read this statement or give any credibility to it or attach any importance to it. It’s indicative of the kind of jingoism that is prevailing.advertisement”People who abused me on behalf of Virat Kohli are the same people who when our team wins with carry them high in a procession in the city and when our team loses will pelt stones at their houses. I do not understand this kind of love,” Shah concluded.Kohli’s behaviour has been a hot topic of discussion this Australian summer. During the first Test at the Adelaide Oval, Australian coach Justin Langer had questioned Kohli’s over-the-top celebration at the fall of wickets.And then in Perth, it turned really ugly. Virat Kohli and Australian captain Tim Paine were involved in a heated war of words which escalated when the two almost collided. The umpire had to intervene – he reminded both men of their responsibilities as captain.In fact, Paine asked Murali Vijay how he could like Virat Kohli as a bloke. The conversation was caught on stump mic and not surprisingly, Indian fans were far from impressed.However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had also told India Today he believed India had started the verbal battles in 2018 like they had in 2014.Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also said Kohli needed to behave a little more responsibly. Virat Kohli is such a champion player that we kind of accept everything he does on the pitch. Had Virat Kohli not been the champion player he is, some of his antics on the field would have created quite a stir.”Also Read | Virat Kohli breaks Rahul Dravid’s 16-year old record to top elite listAlso Read | Virat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell JohnsonAlso Read | Virat Kohli did not boast to Tim Paine: BCCI refutes rumoursAlso See:last_img

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