The President of Indian Cricketers’ Association and former Indian cricketer Ashok Malhotra has came on record and has lashed at the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Reportedly, Mr. Malhotra is very unhappy at the fact that young Indian fast bowler and the hero of India’s historic triumph at the Gabba, Md. Siraj is being benched in the first test match against England despite giving a remarkable performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Malhotra has also left remarks on Kohli saying that he does not back people who have won the series against Australia for India, he is just a skipper of superstars.
Speaking exclusively to CricketAddictor, Ashok Malhotra said, “I am very disappointed after learning that Mohammed Siraj won’t be a part of the Indian first eleven in the first Test against England. These were the people who performed when the big guys were not there in Australia and now they are being chopped out because we are back at home. That is disappointing, to say the least. I would love to see Siraj ahead of Ishant Sharma.”
“It is unfair to bench Mohammed Siraj. I know that Ishant has played close to 100 Test matches, but when you needed someone in crisis, Siraj led the attack from the front. How can you bench him? Ishant Sharma hasn’t played a Test match since last year. Just on the basis of reputation will someone be in the team or in-form players will be preferred?” Ashok Malhotra asked.
“That’s the difference in Virat Kohli’s captaincy and Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy as Virat Kohli plays with a team of superstars, not with players who win you games in Australia. This bothers me a lot. Yes, the Indian team has a great bench strength but is the bench strength only used to warm the bench? Like Shubman Gill is playing ahead of Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Siraj should also have played ahead of Ishant Sharma,” Malhotra concluded.