Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has come up on Friday (7 September) with a valid point to explain the difference in the thoughts of Captain Virat Kohli and Head coach Ravi Shastri regarding the outcome of the Test series. He further added that it is strange that Kohli accepts his mistakes every while Shastri doesn't
His comments came after Kohli's latest interview, where the skipper said that if he had scored more runs in Birmingham and Southampton, India would have won the matches.
Noteworthy, the right-hander had scored 51 in the second innings at Edgbaston, where India was beaten by 31 runs, while the 29-year-old was dismissed four runs short of his fifty at Southampton, where they lost the crucial series-leveling fourth Test by 60 runs. Kohli believes that if he had scored more runs it could have made a big difference for Team India in the ongoing Test series
He told Sky Sports, “The second innings at Birmingham, I think about that and the first innings at Southampton, t think about that. So that when I am in the same position next time, I don't let the team down. I want to be able to take the team across the line. And I am always focussed on where my mistakes are, how I can improve on them and I am willing to accept my mistakes so that I can keep improving. Because it is very important for my mindset to be good to lead the team from the front.”
Meanwhile, Ganguly said it was a great attitude by Kohli as Captain and big players like him never come up with excuses after team’s defeat when he was asked about Kohli's attitude and the reason behind the statement.
Ganguly told India TV, “He had said the same last time as well when asked by Mike Atherton after India's defeat in Southampton. Kohli had said that had he played a little bit more; India would have won the Test match. Big players like him take responsibility on themselves and they will never come up with excuses. Virat's attitude towards the game is and has always been different from others. And before leaving, I would like to say that isn't it strange how the captain and the coach think different.”
At the moment, India are playing in the fifth and final Test at the Oval and would certainly like to put up a good show to salvage some pride in England.