T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Azharuddin Unhappy With Virat Kohli Skipping Post-Match Press Conference, Says India Captain Should "Face The Nation And Speak Up"
T20 World Cup 2021: Mohammad Azharuddin Unhappy With Virat Kohli Skipping Post-Match Press Conference, Says India Captain Should "Face The Nation And Speak Up"

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is displeased with Virat Kohli deciding to skip the post-match press conference after the defeat to New Zealand in Dubai.

Kohli had himself come at the post-match presser after the loss to Pakistan last week, but the Indian captain was a no-show after the defeat to the Kiwis; instead, pacer Jasprit Bumrah came to address the journalists.

Mohammad Azharuddin strongly opposed this move from the Indian captain and management, saying that the fans deserved answers from their skipper for the humbling defeat where India’s batsmen could manage only 110 in 20 overs.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

“There is no shame in losing. But you need to come and speak up. That is the right thing to do. People will listen to you and at least get to know the reason behind the loss. There is a difference between Bumrah speaking or a coach/captain speaking. It is important to face the public. You will have to face the nation and come and speak. If you don’t come, what will people think? Needless rumours are going to be spread,” Mohammad Azharuddin said on ABP News.

You are the captain, you should take responsibility: Mohammad Azharuddin

Speaking further on the same topic, Mohammad Azharuddin found Kohli’s decision not to attend the press conference in defeats puzzling as he had attended the same events after wins.

India cricket team
India cricket team. Credits: ICC

“If you are the captain, you should take responsibility. When you become the representative of the team, this will happen. If you come [and] attend conference after winning in good times but not after losing in bad times, that isn’t the right approach. I don’t know the reason why he

With two losses in two games, India are on the brink of elimination. They now are wishing for other results to go their way as well while also needing to win their own remaining three games by big margins. The Men In Blue will next meet Afghanistan on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi.

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