Why questions are being raised on Virat Kohli’s break (Getty Images)
When India was fighting for independence, there was a poet in the country named Akbar Allahabadi. From love to sarcasm, there are many such poetry and ghazals of Akbar Allahabadi which are used in Mushairas and touch the hearts of people. One of these ghazals remained, which became quite famous after his departure from the world, that too when Pakistani ghazal singer Ghulam Ali lent his voice to it. The name of the ghazal was, ‘Why is there such a ruckus, just a little bit that I have drunk’.
Well, here we will neither talk about poetry nor about alcohol, let’s talk about cricket. Because these days there is an uproar here too and that is for Virat Kohli. Team India’s great Virat Kohli is on leave these days, no one knows the reason yet and only speculations are being made. But because of this holiday, questions are being raised on Virat Kohli, he is being targeted and social media is full of sarcasm and memes. But is it right to raise this question, if it is right then to what extent is it justified?
First let’s understand the whole picture. The final of the ODI World Cup took place on 19 November 2023 and since then Virat Kohli has played only four matches, which include two Test matches against South Africa while two matches are from the T-20 series against Afghanistan. Apart from these four matches, Team India has played 17 more matches till now, but Virat Kohli has not been a part of them. There are various other reasons including rest, break etc.
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BCCI had appealed to respect privacy
But the uproar is not about these matches, but about the Test series currently going on against England. England is a big team, after being the pride of baseball, it has come to India for the first time to play a 5 test match series. This series is very important according to the World Test Championship, hence everyone’s eyes were fixed on this series. But even before the start of the series, it was informed in a press release of BCCI that Virat Kohli will not play in the first two matches, this is his personal decision and BCCI appeals that no one should make any kind of speculations and Virat Kohli’s privacy should be respected. Respect.
Apart from BCCI’s appeal, there were discussions on social media, websites and in various circles and Virat Kohli was also criticized. There were various speculations, someone said that Anushka Sharma is pregnant, that is why Virat Kohli is with her. Someone said that this happened because Virat Kohli’s mother was unwell. However, it was clarified by Virat Kohli’s brother that his mother is completely fine. Although everyone expected that Virat Kohli would join Team India in the last three matches, but it did not happen.
When BCCI announced the team for the last 3 Tests, it was told that Virat Kohli is out of the entire series. After this, questions were again raised on Virat Kohli, but the issue is how justified is it to raise this question. A player who has been playing cricket for the country for the last one and a half decade, who is currently the biggest brand in world cricket, who is a hero of crores of people, if he is staying away from big series like this due to some personal reasons, then perhaps Must be something.
Sachin also took a break
If we think about it keeping aside all the speculations, then targeting Virat Kohli proves to be completely wrong. Virat Kohli has been playing international cricket for about 15 years and if you look at the record of these 15 years, you will find only one series where Virat Kohli has completely disappeared, perhaps apart from this series, there may be some other series too. And this tells us that perhaps there is something so important in Virat Kohli’s personal life that he has been forced to leave a cricket series and that too a Test series, of which he is a full supporter. In such a situation, a gentleman cricket fan or Virat Kohli fan must fully respect his privacy.
After the Indian team won the World Cup in 2011, everyone will remember that Sachin Tendulkar was also available for Team India only in selected series. This used to happen many times till his retirement, i.e. in the two-year phase, even at that time Sachin Tendulkar was criticized but perhaps not as harshly as Virat Kohli is being criticized. Virat Kohli has probably achieved such a level in his 15 years of cricket career that today if he needs it, he can appeal to the team and BCCI for such leave and apart from the outside fuss, the team and the board will accept this. Understands.
In the end, let’s end with the ghazal of Akbar Allahabadi with which we started the conversation, which probably fits the situation of Virat Kohli as well.
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