There cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the Indian team: Muttiah Muralitharan

first_imgThere cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the Indian team: Muttiah MuralitharanMuttiah Muralitharan feels that people need to be patient as one cannot have 11 match-winners in the Indian team and it is also important to try out various combinations going into the World Cup.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 12, 2019UPDATED: March 12, 2019 12:11 IST Critics have questioned Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills in the absence of MS Dhoni (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli’s captaincy skills have come under the scanner ahead of the ICC World CupKohli gets a lot of help from MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma during the ODIs and T20IsIndia failed to defend 358 in the 4th ODI vs Australia in Dhoni’s absenceWith Australia chasing down India’s total of 358 in the fourth ODI in Mohali and squaring the five-match series 2-2, pundits and fans have been quite critical of the performance of the Indian players.While some have questioned the bowlers’ inability to defend a mammoth total on a decently big ground like the PCA Stadium in Mohali, others have questioned Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills in the absence of MS Dhoni, known to guide the skipper on the field.Speaking to IANS, former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan begged to differ with the criticism that has come India’s way after Australia won the fourth ODI on Sunday.He feels that people need to be patient as one cannot have 11 match-winners in the team and it is also important to try out various combinations going into the World Cup.”You have to be patient with the team. The Indian team has been doing really well and are trying to experiment with the World Cup around the corner. You will get failures on the road to success as there cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the team. Not everyone can be a match-winner,” he said.”You will win some games and you will also lose a few. Otherwise, every team must be filled with 11 Kohli-s or Sachin Tendulkar-s or Don Bradman-s. But that cannot happen,” Muralitharan added.Coming to India’s spin bowling department, the wizard believes that the spin arsenal is well-equipped with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal at the fore.”I think they are doing a good job. Both are quality performers and the fact that they have done well in all conditions bears testimony to their talent. Also, why do you think someone of the calibre of R Ashwin is not being able to squeeze into the limited-overs team? It is because these two have done well. Just one bad game (in Mohali) can’t be enough to criticise them. We are not dealing with robots here,” he pointed out.advertisementWith the showpiece event round the corner, the former Sri Lanka World Cup-winner feels that the fans too have a role to play if India are to win the trophy in England in a couple of months.”The fans have to be patient. The Indian players have done well and you cannot put too much pressure on them. This is a sport and there will be winners and losers. It is important to keep the pressure off the players as they must be allowed to focus on the game and that will bring the desired results,” he signed off.Also Read | India can’t use dew factor as an excuse for Mohali ODI loss: Madan LalAlso Read | Dhoni half a captain of Indian team, Kohli visibly rough without him: Bishan BediAlso Read | Support pours in for Rishabh Pant after Mohali taunt over missed stumpingsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Muttiah MuralitharanFollow ICC World Cup 2019Follow MS Dhonilast_img read more