Former India quick bowler Ashish Nehra has grow to be a cricket commentator and pundit since hanging up his boots and has developed a status for calling a spade a spade. During a dialog with former India batsman Aakash Chopra on the latter’s present Aakash Vani, Nehra mentioned that he did not agree with Virat Kohli’s remark that ODIs don’t matter this yr. Kohli, after India’s 0-three whitewash by the hands of New Zealand, had mentioned that the main focus was not on 50-over cricket this yr. “…as I said one-day cricket in this calendar year is not as relevant like T20Is and Tests,” Kohli had mentioned.
Nehra although feels that it wasn’t proper on Kohli’s half to say this after he had misplaced a collection.
“If you win and tell this it’s a different thing. It’s wrong to say that the year is for T20s and so we don’t care about 50-over matches…if it doesn’t matter then why did you even come to play. Are you trying to tell that the Indian team didn’t try to win those ODI matches against New Zealand. I don’t agree with Virat Kohli’s statement,” Nehra mentioned throughout his chat with Aakash Chopra.
India had received the T20I collection however went on to lose each the ODIs and Test matches in New Zealand earlier this yr. It got here as an enormous setback for this staff, which is taken into account by many as one of many strongest ever Indian sides, due to its energy in the bowling division.
Nehra additionally talked about Kohli’s captaincy and mentioned that it’s nonetheless a piece in progress.“Virat Kohli as a player needs no recognition as his career graph tells the entire story. Kohli as a player has done amazingly well, in captaincy I still feel he is a work in progress. I can say he is a little bit impulsive captain,” he mentioned.
Nehra additionally mentioned that the present Indian staff is nowhere near the all conquering Australian aspect of the primary decade of the 2000s.
“This Indian team is far from the Australia team. You are talking about an Australian team which won 3 consecutive World Cups, reached the final in 1996, won 18-19 Test matches in home and away conditions. It’s not like this Indian team can not reach there but I believe the core group is very important. A person gets confused after watching many dishes on the table and so it’s important to have fewer but better dishes,” he mentioned.