Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Though Team India’s star batsman Virat Kohli was in brilliant form in the recently-concluded ICC ODI World Cup 2023, many fans and experts criticised him for his batting approach.

After Kohli scored a ton against South Africa, former Pakistan batter Mohammed Hafeez had termed the star batter as ‘selfish’.

“I saw 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,” Hafeez had said during an interaction.

In response to a question in this regard, former West Indies great Brian Lara gave a stunning reply.

“Those who are saying all these things are jealous of him. I have faced this too in my career. There are people who burn with envy because of the amount of runs we have scored,” said Lara during an interview.

The legendry batsman added that he is a big fan of Kohli’s discipline.

Notably, Kohli became the first player in history to score over 700 runs in a single edition of the ODI Cricket World Cup. In 11 matches, Kohli scored 765 runs at an average of 95.62 including three centuries and six half-centuries in the ODI World Cup 2023.