Former Australia Coach Justin Langer applauded former India Captain Virat Kohli for his aggression on the field & further said the BCCI did wrong with the former captain by not allowing him to stay captain of the ODI format. Langer’s comments came during the ongoing WTC 2023 final between India & Australia where he was a part of the commentary panel.
While commentating Langer lavished praise on Kohli’s passion for cricket, his aggressive attitude on the field & his batting skills. He further criticized BCCI for not allowing him to keep the ODI Captaincy.
“Loved his (Virat Kohli) aggression. BCCI did injustice to him, and I do not want to hear anything else. If he wanted to keep the ODI captaincy, he should have been allowed to do that out of respect,” Langer told while commentating during the WTC Final.
“There was nothing I didn’t like about Virat Kohli. His aggression, his passion, his batting. He was an amazing captain,” he added.
For the unversed after voluntarily stepping down from T20I Captaincy, the BCCI abruptly removed Virat from ODI Captaincy in December 2021. And they went on to hand the reins of ODI Captaincy to Rohit who took up T20I Captaincy during that phase. In the oDI format, Kohli had an exceptional win percentage of 70.43% which featured 65 wins in 95 fixtures.
Virat Kohli & Indian team head to the WTC 2023 Final against Australia
India & Australia are battling it out in the summit clash of the WTC 2021-2023 cycle which began on 7th June at 3 pm IST. India won the toss & opted to bowl first. Batting first, Australia suffered an early blow with Mohammed Siraj drawing the first blood by removing Usman Khawaja from the field. After that, Manus Labushcagne & David Warner ensured that their team go to the lunch break without losing more wickets. Australia’s score read 72-2 when Thakur gave India another breakthrough by dismissing in-form Warner.
After the lunch break, Travis Head & Steven Smith steadied Australia’s scoreboard by ticking runs without any loss of wicket. Travis scored a half-century before both the teams headed for the tea break. After the break, Tarvis & Smith will resume Australia’s innings.