We should not read too much into Virat's outburst: Sunil Gavaskar

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We should not read too much into Virat's outburst: Sunil Gavaskar

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Arun S Kaimal


When asked if RCB skipper Virat Kohli had overreacted, when Stuart Binny was wrongly given out at a crucial juncture in the RCB-GL playoff, former skipper Sunil Gavaskar said that he did not think it was a confrontation. Sunny also singled out Kuldeep Yadav as a bowler to watch out for.

RCB were chasing a supposedly easy target of 159 against Gujarat Lions, but their usually solid top order crumbled unexpectedly. Stuart Binny and AB de Villiers formed a 39-run partnership for the sixth wicket to take the team forward from 29/5. But the Karnataka player was wrongly given out in the 10th over to add to the misery of the home side and the skipper Virat Kohli. The RCB captain had a heated argument with the fourth umpire after that, and when asked if Kohli had overreacted, Gavaskar responded in negative.

"I don't think so. I think he just went to the umpire to enquire what was happening. I don't think he was going to argue. You have got to understand sometimes captains and coaches want to know what is the rationale behind a particular decision. He just wanted a clarification. And clearly the umpires can give a clarification if they want to or they can turn and say 'look we are doing our business, you do yours'.

"I don't think it was a confrontation. It was a skipper who is so involved and committed to the team winning the trophy, they have not won the trophy. We should not read too much into it," the batting legend said.

After AB de Villiers propelled RCB to an improbable win from the verge of defeat, Kohli declared that the South African was the best in the world. Asked if he agreed with the current Indian batting maestro, Gavaskar was on the same page.

On a lighter note, Gavaskar said, "Are you mad, if I say something Virat will come and confront me. Virat says AB is number one, so he is number one,” reported PTI.

The former India captain also picked Kolkata Knight Rider’s chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav as one to watch out for in the future.

"He has been quite impressive and my honest advice to the Indian selectors will be to keep an eye on this young man. And the fact that he is a different kind of a bowler, you have got to be a little patient with him, but he is the kind of a bowler who can win you matches in the future. We should keep an eye on him," Gavaskar said.

The 21-year-old has picked up six wickets in three matches in the ninth edition of the IPL, and played an important part in KKR’s win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last league match. 


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