With the countdown of ODI World Cup 2023 approaching its fag end the team as well as fans are all eagerly waiting for some mouth-watering battles along with an epic clash between bat and ball. Now, the former South African speedster Makhaya Ntini has recommended opposition teams refrain from sledging the star Indian batter Virat Kohli in the upcoming 2023 edition of the World Cup, which is scheduled to be played in India from October 5.
In addition to it, the veteran cricketer said that Kohli will be crucial to Team India’s success. After an elongated lean period in international cricket, the 34-year-old has regained his touch. During the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup in Australia, the former Indian captain scored the most runs, with 296 in six games at an average of 98.67 and a strike rate of 136.41 and will be keen to carry on with the form in the upcoming marquee tournament also which will be played in India only.
In a recent interview on Revsportz with Boria Majumdar, Ntini came up with an interesting piece of advice for all the teams who will be playing against Kohli in the World Cup.
“One thing that I can tell you about Virat Kohli as a bowler, you should not abuse him. He starves for someone to say something that will tick him [off]. You should leave him as it is. Let him play his natural game and make his own mistake. That’s how countries will be able to get him out because he gets frustrated when there’s no one saying something to him. The moment you see someone who is trying to tick him off, he becomes dangerous. For me, as any other country that is playing against India, don’t say a word. Let him be him. Let him make his own mistake without anyone saying a word to him,” the former Proteas pacer opined.
Let us know look at how Twitter has reacted to this statement from the legendary South African player:
Love for INdian team should be enough to hit runs.
— Bala⁴⁵Rohit (@bala45_rohit) August 29, 2023
kohli jab khelta hai to uske attitude se 10% haar ho jaati hai saamne wale ki
— Gagan🇮🇳 (@1no_aalsi_) August 29, 2023
One reason for the change in Kohli's nature and the prolongation of his downfall could be attributed to players completely stopped him sledging, causing him to miss that spark
— 𝐊𝐨𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭!𝟎𝐧_👑🚩 (@bholination) August 29, 2023
Funny! 😂 yes it ignites him but that doesn’t mean he needs it! He performs well either way!
— CricketCraze18 (@cricket_craze18) August 29, 2023
He might feel bored, seriously 😂
— Aarohi Tripathy 🇮🇳 (@aarohi_vns) August 29, 2023
Don't challenge and sledge champion players they will show you hell in the match
— ORANGE ARMY (@SUNRISERSU) August 29, 2023
— RAJENDRA SINGH 🦁 (@Awesome__Ladka) August 29, 2023
This statement was applicable to young Kohli
Now a days he bows down to sledges
— Em! (@Insane__Emi) August 29, 2023
— Sneha💕 (@_crazystuffone8) August 29, 2023