Gautam Gambhir Feels Virat Kohli ‘Slowed Down’ to Complete the 49th ODI Century: Gautam Gambhir, a former opener for India, believes that Virat Kohli “slowed down” slightly as he approached the conclusion of his inning against South Africa to complete his 49th ODI century. Gambhir acknowledged that the action “could have harmed India,” but insisted that Virat should continue to bat for the duration of the match.
Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez was among the first former cricketers to publicly criticize Virat Kohli for being “selfish” and to compare Rohit Sharma’s style of play to that of “selfless” cricket.
In addition, the term “selfish” began to gain traction on social media platforms not long after Virat Kohli achieved the historic 49th ODI century, which tied Sachin Tendulkar for the most hundreds in the format.
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Following Kohli’s 101 off 121 deliveries, which contributed to India’s 326/5 total, Ravindra Jadeja’s fiery five-wicket haul restricted South Africa to 83 runs, thereby granting the Men in Blue an overwhelming 243-run victory.
“It was crucial for Kohli to bat deep, and I believe he slowed down slightly in the final 5–6 overs, possibly because he was approaching a century.” However, I believe sufficient lines had already been placed on the board. “Had India been batting on a good pitch, it could have been detrimental,” Gambhir told Sportskeeda.
“Shreyas Iyer deserves credit for the manner in which he continued to take risks and relieved pressure on Virat Kohli. Both batted exceptionally well in the middle, as the new ball provided the optimal conditions for batting. “They negotiated Keshav Maharaj with consummate skill; it was brilliant that Jadeja took five wickets while they took one.” he continued.
With their emphatic triumph over South Africa, India secured their eighth consecutive World Cup triumph and solidified their position atop the points standings.
The Men in Blue will face the Netherlands in Bengaluru on Sunday, November 12 in an attempt to bestow a unique Diwali gift upon the nation by completing the group stage with an impeccable 9/9 record.