Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis once cut in on former India batsman Gautam Gambhir when the latter questioned Virat Kohli‘s place in the Indian squad. Gambhir is not one to hold back his opinions on controversial topics.
A few months ago, Kohli was taking it on the chin for his inability to register an international century in the three years commencing in November 2019.
In September of last year, though, the drought was finally broken when Kohli scored his first Twenty20 international century and 71st international hundred against Afghanistan in Dubai.
Gambhir, from the perspective of fans, has been far more critical of Kohli than other cricket gurus, thus, his comments about Kohli’s performance on the night he played a high-class innings in a format where he was least expected to were probably a touch too salty.
When Waqar Younis hit back at Gautam Gambhir for questioning Virat Kohli’s place in the Indian team
Gambhir said the squad had discarded other great players before, naming names like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul as examples. He went on to say that in the last three years, he can’t think of a single Indian player who hasn’t hit a century.
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His engagement with Star Sports Network included such notables as Waqar Younis and Mayanti Langar, both of whom are well-known presenters on the network.
Waqar cut in on Gambhir, who was expressing his disapproval of Kohli, by saying bluntly that the latter’s skill is above any of those players Gambhir had just cited.
He continued by saying that Kohli was not performing badly enough to warrant being dropped from the team, as he was still contributing the runs that were necessary for his squad. Kohli silenced his critics by leading all batters in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. He had batted well, averaging 98.66, scoring 296 runs in six innings with the aid of four half-centuries.