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World Cup 2023: Michael Vaughan slams Mohammad Hafeez for ‘selfish’ remarks on Virat Kohli – Utter nonsense


World Cup 2023: Michael Vaughan slams Mohammad Hafeez for ‘selfish’ remarks on Virat Kohli – Utter nonsense

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan slammed Mohammad Hafeez for calling Virat Kohli ‘selfish’ after the Indian batter scored a hundred against South Africa on Sunday, November 6 at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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Calling Hafeez’s comments as ‘utter nonsense’, Vaughan lauded Kohli for putting his head down and playing a responsible knock on a difficult pitch to bat on.

Vaughan took to X and wrote, “Come on @MHafeez22 !!! India have hammered 8 teams playing great cricket .. @imVkohli now has 49 tons and his last was an anchor role innings on a tricky pitch .. His team won by over 200 !!!! This is utter nonsense.. #CWC2023 #India #Pakistan.”

Earlier, Hafeez reckoned that Kohli slowed down in a bid to reach his personal milestone of 49th ODI hundred, equalling Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Hafeez said that instead of picking up singles in the death overs, Kohli should have gone for some big shots.

“I saw a sense of selfishness in Virat Kohli’s batting and this happened for the third time in this World Cup. In the 49th over, he was looking to take a single to reach his own hundred and he didn’t put the team first. Rohit Sharma could have played selfish cricket too, but he didn’t because he is playing for Team India and not for himself,” Hafeez was quoted as saying earlier.

Kohli got to his hundred off 119 balls and also won the Player of the Match after the Men in Blue hammered the Proteas by 243 runs at the venue in the City of Joy.

Kohli also became the third batter after Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma to score over 500 runs for the Indian men’s team in a single edition of the World Cup. Kohli also scored his second hundred in the ongoing mega event after he got to the three-figure score against Bangladesh on November 19 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Nov 7, 2023

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