• Tuesday, February 07, 2023

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Pakistan journalist targets Virat Kohli, gets slammed by own country’s cricketer: ‘Grow up…’

Virat Kohli of India bats during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Netherlands at Sydney Cricket Ground on October 27, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

India batter Virat Kohli has hit back form which he had lost for a while and in his last four one-day international (ODI) matches, he has slammed three centuries. The cricketer now has 74 international tons, including 46 in the ODIs, 27 in Tests and one in the T20s.

Recently, his 166 against Sri Lanka in Thiruvananthapuram saw Kohli eclipsing a few records of legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who is the only batter ahead of Kohli now with 100 international tons.

However, it seems Kohli’s critics are always looking for reasons to go after him and this time, a journalist from Pakistan named Farid Khan tried to do the same, only to be counter-slammed by a cricketer from his own country.

Khan, who is the founder of YouTube channel CricDen, targeted Kohli saying he scores runs “when there’s no pressure”.

“Virat Kohli is at his best when there’s no pressure, series not on the line and conditions great for batting. There’s no harm in gaining confidence and form in such matches, India need him to perform well in Test cricket with Australia coming over too tho,” he said in a tweet.

Sohaib Maqsood, an international cricketer who has represented Pakistan in 29 ODIs and 26 T20s, replied to Khan and asked him to “grow up”.

In his tweet, Maqsood said, “Are you sure he is only best when there is no pressure grow up yar two wrongs dont make one right.”

The journalist was in no mood to give up though. He responded to Maqsood, saying, “Sohaib bhai, for a player to regain confidence nothing helps more than favourable conditions. He had a lean patch but he needed a match against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup when India were not in the tournament and then against Bangladesh when they had lost the series already.”

He, however, praised Kohli in another post saying the way the Indian maestro has hit form, any team would be worried.

“But the way he’s playing now any team would start worrying. It was just that hurdle which he needed to cross and he’s done that, the floodgates have opened. It’s terrifying form now,” he said, following it with a clap emoji.

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