T20 WC 2021: Kohli’s ‘brave enough’ statement is not weak, says Kapil; Dhoni, Shastri urged to boost team morale

File photo of Kapil Dev.
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File photo of Kapil Dev.

Great Kapil Dev Virat KohliHis team’s admission that it is not brave enough in the T20 World Cup defeat against New Zealand is a “very weak statement” and head coach Ravi Shastri along with mentor Mahendra Singh Dhoni should take steps to boost the morale of the players.

India lost by eight wickets to the Black Caps in Dubai on Sunday night, seriously jeopardizing their chances of making the semi-finals. The 62-year-old former captain said that the big names will have to take responsibility for what is happening in the UAE.

“Obviously, this is a very weak statement from a player like Virat Kohli. We all know and we believe that he has the hunger and desire to win matches for the team,” he told a news channel. “But, if the body language of the team and the thought process of the captain is like this, it is very difficult to lift the mood of the players inside the dressing room,” he said, referring to Kohli’s statement that his teammates were not brave enough. bat, ball or in their body language.

“I would urge my friend Shastri and Dhoni to lift the team in this scenario, it is Dhoni’s job to talk to the players and make them believe,” he added.

India now need a big win in all the three remaining matches of the group stage and hope Afghanistan will beat New Zealand for any chance of qualifying.

Kapil said that relying on other results is never a good situation.

“If we have to move on the basis of someone else’s performance, I don’t like it. If you have to be in the semi-finals, do it on your own merit. I don’t think it’s a good idea. To someone else Hopefully,” he said. “… we all appreciate when you do well. (But) some big names, the selectors now have to take a closer look at them, should the better performing youngsters be considered. These big guys, if they If he doesn’t score runs, he will face criticism.”

Winless as of now, India will take on Afghanistan in their third group engagement on Wednesday.