Virat Kohli and Sunil Gavaskar’s Controversy Explained

Legendary Team India ex-cricketer and commentator Sunil Gavaskar took a swipe at Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) ace Virat Kohli. The veteran analyst faulted Kohli’s responses in an interview where he was questioned about his recent match performances.

Kohli does not seem to care about the effects of his comments against analysts, but Gavaskar is not having any of it at all. Let’s explore the entire controversy from where it started to see how both cricket greats expressed their opinions.

What Did Virat Kohli Say to Spark the Controversy Involving Sunil Gavaskar?

RCB sent Gujarat Titans (GT) to the cleaners after an impressive showing on April 27, 2024. Virat Kohli responded to journalists after the interview with comments like:

All the people who talk about strike rates and me not playing spin well are the ones talking about this stuff.”

Responses to questions from Kohli angered several commentators, prompting many top sports journalists to call him out.

How Did Sunil Gavaskar Respond?

Sunil Gavaskar left no stone unturned in his dismissal of Kohli’s comments, siding with his fellow analysts on the cricketer’s T20 performances. His three-pronged response targeted Kohli on two fronts with a third jibe aimed at an IPL broadcaster for trying to belittle sports commentators:

Virat’s strike rate

Gavaskar had this to say about the RCB batter’s strike rate:

Commentators questioned only when his strike rate was 118. I’m not too sure. I don’t watch too many matches, so I don’t know what the other commentators have said otherwise. But if you come and open and then have a strike of 118 when you get out in the 14th or the 15th over, I mean, if you want applause for that, that’s a little bit different. That’s different,” he added, chiding Kohli for attempting to attract blind admiration.

Speaking on actual events

The ace commentator also talked about the cricketer aiming to water down voices of analysts on his performance:

All these guys talk about, ‘oh we don’t care about outside noise’. Accha! Then why are you replying to any outside noise or whatever it is. We all played a bit of cricket, not a lot of cricket. We don’t have agendas. We speak about what we see. We don’t necessarily have any likes and dislikes. Even if we have likes and dislikes, we actually speak on what is happening,” he said.

Lampooning Star Sports for their stance

Gavaskar was firing on all cylinders and took a swipe at IPL broadcasting company Star Sports for their stance in the whole matter:

I hope Star Sports realises that when that clip is shown, questioning the critics, the critics are your own commentators. For you to show the person belittling your own commentators, I’m not sure that’s a great thing. You need to realise you have shown it enough times, everybody’s got the message. I would be very disappointed if you show it once more.”

Why Virat’s Strike Rate is an Important Talking Point

Cricketers in Twenty20 (T20) leagues must put in good strike rates over averages as a measure of their overall performance. Kohli plays in every major format (T20, ODI, Tests) but has failed to deliver impressive averages this season. His hitting skills have greatly improved; however, he still lags way behind other top performers in cricket’s fastest format.

Commentators usually assess the on-field performances of T20 batters like Kohli based on their aggregated strike rates.

What Did Wasim Akram Say About the Saga?

Wasim Akram also added few points to the opinions shared by both cricket greats. Akram aimed for a balanced stance, but opined that Virat shouldn’t have made such comments about sports analysts:

Both are greats. Sunny bhai, as a cricketer, as a human being, I know him off the eld. As a commentator, he has been doing it for God knows how many years, probably for more than two and a half years. And coming to the great man, Virat Kohli, he is a top player, a modern great. In fact, he is an all-time great in history, given the kind of performances he has had. But “I think Virat shouldn’t have said it,” he added.

It is the commentators’ job. If he got slow in a couple of matches and he [Sunil Gavaskar] said something, forget about it. Virat is not that kind of a person. Both are proud Indians; both are greats. It’s OK; they both will move in pretty quickly. Don’t think either will take it personally. They will be ne, I know. I am telling you now. I know them both very well,” Akram concluded.

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