Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Virat Kohli had performed brilliantly for Team India in the last ODI World Cup 2023. The star batsman had scored a total of 765 runs including three centuries and six fifties in the mega event.

Riding on Kohli’s exceptional performance, India had a remarkable 10-match unbeaten streak throughout the tournament. However, Despite Kohli’s heroic efforts, India faced a devastating defeat in the final match against Australia.

Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has recently sparked controversy by revisiting one of Kohli’s unforgettable innings from the tournament against South Africa. Kohli had displayed sheer brilliance by scoring an unbeaten 101 runs off 121 deliveries, leading India to a total of 326/5. 

However, Hafeez boldly claimed that Kohli’s sole focus was on achieving his record-breaking century in the 49th over against South Africa.

“I saw sense of selfishness in Virat Kohli’s batting and this happened for the third time in the 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,” said Hafeez during a recent interaction.

“I was right that time. If you see the whole context... to me, no matter who is playing, your intention should always be to win the game. If someone stops himself from playing big shots in the 90s, I will never take it. In that game, Virat took a lot of balls to get to his hundred. He wasn’t playing big shots. And I’m very clear. If you go through his century once again, you will realise what I was saying,” he added.

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