Virat Kohli came forward in the defence of India pacer Arshdeep Singh after he dropped the crucial catch of Asif Ali, which swung the match in favour of Pakistan.
Dubai: It is an old saying among cricket pundits that catches win matches. Arshdeep Singh’s drop of an easy catch cost India a match against Pakistan in the T-20 Asia Cup tournament.
Virat Kohli is known to encourage youngsters despite their silly mistakes. Therefore, he came forward in the defence of India pacer Arshdeep Singh after he dropped the crucial catch of Asif Ali, which swung the pendulum of the tense match in favour of Pakistan on Sunday night.
Asif Ali, the hard-hitting batter, tried to sweep Ravi Bishnoi, and the ball was scooped in the air. Arshdeep Singh dropped the sitter in the 18th over. At that time, Pakistan needed 34 runs. Ali survived and turned the match in Pakistan’s favour.
Fans on social media were harsh in their criticism. They have targeted the young pacer for India’s loss. However, Kohli, like a true sportsperson, has now jumped to the defence of the 23-year-old bowler.
Talking to media men after the match, the Indian star said that anyone can make such a mistake during a high-pressure game and also gave a personal example from his first Champions Trophy assignment.
Kohli also stated that the players should learn from their mistakes and that they need to improve their performance, especially under pressure.
“Anyone can make a mistake. The situation was tight. It was a high-pressure game and mistakes can happen. ” Senior players get around you. There is a good team environment right now. I give the credit to the captain and coach. The players learn from their mistakes, said Kohli.
India is set to play against Sri Lanka in the next match on September 6 in the ongoing Asia Cup.