Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt slams Simon Doull for criticizing of Virat Kohli’s batting approach during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Lucknow Super Giants. Butt slammed Doull’s comments, calling them “utter rubbish” and stating that a player like Kohli doesn’t need to worry about milestones.
During the match, Kohli scored his 46th half-century in the IPL, reaching the 50-run mark in 35 balls. However, Doull felt that Kohli was “concerned about the milestone” and took 10 balls to move from 42 to 50. He expressed his thoughts on-air, saying, “I don’t think there’s room for that in this game anymore. Just gotta keep going, especially with wickets in hand at that stage. You got to keep going.”
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Salman Butt, in response, criticized Doull’s comment, pointing out that Kohli has 75 international centuries and doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. He also suggested that Doull “get a life” and accused him of having narrow-minded thinking. Butt highlighted the fact that players like Kohli, Babar Azam, and Kane Williamson are not just power-hitters but also value their wicket, adding that Kohli’s batting approach was in line with his style of play.
While Doull’s criticism of Kohli’s batting approach may have been valid to some extent, Butt’s response highlights an important aspect of sportsmanship – respecting players and their approach to the game. Cricket is a game that involves a range of styles and techniques, and it’s up to the players to decide what works best for them. Criticizing a player’s approach without taking into account the larger context of the game and their overall performance can be unfair and harmful.
While cricket is a sport that involves a fair share of criticism and analysis, it’s important to remember that players are human beings with different strengths, weaknesses, and styles of play. Doull’s criticism of Kohli may have been his opinion, but Butt’s response serves as a reminder that players should be respected for their approach to the game, and criticism should be based on valid arguments and not narrow-minded thinking.