Virat Kohli is a human being, can fail at times: Gautam Gambhir to India Today

first_imgMore than 48 hours have passed since the end of the Test series but Ravindra Jadeja continues to be bombarded with compliments after his stupendous show against Australia. And it is now the turn of India opener and current Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir to heap praise on the No.1 ranked Test bowler in the world.WATCH VIDEO HERE “Jadeja was branded as a one-day and T20 bowler when he started playing international cricket. From there to becoming the No.1 Test bowler in the world is an incredible feat. Hats off to him,” Gambhir told India Today in a special chat. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s dream season comes to an abrupt end in Dharamsala)With 25 victims from four Tests, Jadeja was the highest-wicket taking bowler in the series, leaving behind the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin, who managed a haul of 21 wickets. (Brad Hodge apologises to Virat Kohli for his comments on Indian skipper’s injury)”See, batters were always expected to score runs whether it was Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane or anyone else. They were expected to score tons of runs in home conditions,” Gambhir said.”But, to see Jadeja run through the Aussie batting line up along with Ashwin was something special. More so because on some occasions, India decided to go in with only four bowlers. Living up to the expectations was a big challenge for them,” he added. (Virat Kohli aggressive, Ajinkya Rahane cool and collected: Steve Smith)Out of the three batsmen that Gambhir mentioned, Virat Kohli was the only one, and quite unexpectedly too, to miss out on big scores in the three Tests that he played in the series. Indian skipper’s slump in form, however, doesn’t worry his former Delhi captain.advertisement”Being a young captain and performing so well, that too in his first season, speaks a lot about Virat’s captaincy. After you have had such a consistent run, it is fine to fail in a one or two matches. After all, he is a human being. They are bound to make mistakes. People can’t be unreasonable with their expectations. A batsman can’t go out and score hundreds and double hundreds in every match. (R Ashwin takes a dig at Virat Kohli’s haters, says March 30 will be remembered as world apology day)”That is not a fair demand especially when that player is playing all the three formats. The more you play, the more you score but the more you fail as well. The kind of success he has had as a player and skipper this season, we should enjoy that rather than thinking that he has been very cold in this series. It is absolutely fine to fail in two or three matches,” Gambhir said.During the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala, Gambhir’s eight-year-old record of scoring most runs in a Test season for India was broken by India’s No.3 Cheteshwar Pujara. Gambhir had scored 1269 runs in the 2008-09 season. (Virat Kohli missed Dharamsala Test to save himself for IPL? Brad Hodge thinks so)”Like is the case with all the records, my record was also meant to be broken. That is what will motivate other players as well. I am really happy for him (Cheteshwar). He is a great guy and  prepares really well for the game. He knows his game. To have talent is something different and to perform at international stage is a completely different thing,” he said.last_img read more