Former England player David Lloyd and Australia batsman Dean Jones on Wednesday questioned the wisdom of Virat Kohli’s friendship comments.Also Read - HIGHLIGHTS | IPL 2022 Retention: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell Certainties; Talks Around KS Bharat on
“Virat will learn that this great game is not just about winning and losing. It’s also about the friends you make while playing the game,” Jones wrote on his twitter handle. Also Read - India vs New Zealand: Ajinkya Rahane Racing Against Time For His Spot In The Test Team
Lloyd asked Kohli to take some lessons from Sachin Tendulkar on how to conduct himself on and off the field. Also Read - Drop Ajinkya Rahane For Second Test; Give Him Time to Reset: Daniel Vettori
“This lad certainly has a lot to say …Maybe should sit and LISTEN to S Tendulkar,” Lloyd tweeted.
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Kohli, in the post match press conference in Dharamsala said he no longer considers Australian cricketers his friends after being targetted both on and off the field by them in a fiercely-fought Test series that India won.
Denouncing Virat Kohli’s comments that the spiteful Test series has ended his friendship with the Australians, legendary batsman Mark Taylor says the India captain should not hold any grudges since it’s just a game in the end.
Soon after claiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with win in Dharamsala Test, Kohli declared that he no longer enjoys friendship with the Australians.
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The comments, however, did not go down well with Taylor, who feels Kohli should grow “bigger”.
“Cricketers play together a lot these days, both with and against each other, so you’ve got to be very careful about holding grudges and making stances like that,” Taylor wrote in his blog for Wide World of Sports.
“I always tried to catch up with the opposition after a match. There are series where you’re disappointed because things didn’t go your way, or you’re delighted because things did go your way, but you have to be bigger than that.
“You have to say, ‘Well, irrespective of my own performance and that of my team I’ve got to go and put my face in there and say thanks for the contest.’ “At the end of the day it’s become a fully professional game with quite a bit at stake, but it’s still just a game and I think that’s what people have got to remember,” he added.
With PTI Inputs.