"I was never in favour of his captaincy"
Former Pakistan cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar believes that the pressure of marriage played a crucial role in affecting Virat Kohli’s game.
He also admitted that had he been in Kohli’s place, he wouldn’t have married in the first place.
Talking about the cricketer’s decision to quit Test captaincy, Shoaib Akhtar said that he wasn’t a fan of Kohli as an Indian captain.
Akhtar, who is currently a part of the ongoing Legends League Cricket, said:
“Virat didn’t leave captaincy but was forced to do so.
“This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of.
“Is he made of steel or iron?
“Virat captained for 6-7 years and I was never in favour of his captaincy, I just wanted him to keep scoring 100, 120 runs and keep the focus on his batting.”
The veteran cricketer further added that Kohli should have concentrated on piling runs and records for 10-12 years rather than getting married.
Akhtar said: “I would have not even married if I were in his place.
“I had just scored runs and enjoyed cricket, these 10-12 years of cricket are different times and doesn’t come again.
“I am not saying getting married is wrong but if you are playing for India, you would have enjoyed a time a little.
“Fans are crazy about Kohli and he had to maintain that love he is getting for the last 20 years.”
He also suggested that a player should get married only after retiring from the role.
Shoaib Akhtar’s comments did not sit well with Virat and his wife Anushka Sharma’s fans.
They took to Twitter, asking the former Pakistan cricketer not to drag Virat’s family into the discussion.
One fan wrote: “Shameful. Trying to seek attention by commenting on the personal life of Virat Kohli.
“He should speak about the sorry state of cricket in Pakistan.”
Another fan referenced cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar and used him as an example.
The fan wrote: “Sachin had no problem being married and having children and making runs and records.”
Another added: “I don’t understand why everyone makes someone personal life responsible for his ongoing bad performance in cricket.
“There are many other issues because of what one performance can’t be good ‘inside cricket politics’.
“No one has a right to drag Virat Kohli’s personal life into this.”