Virat Kohli has had a tough tour with the bat so far, which has led to some undue criticism from certain sections of the Australian media, particularly one Australian newspaper who compared Kohli to Trump. However, Michael Clarke has slammed the comparison, calling it a 'load of shit'.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has arguably been one of the best batsmen in the world over the last two years. Regardless of the format and the opponents, he has scored truckloads of runs. However, in the ongoing tournament so far, he is yet to replicate such form. Kohli has failed horribly in 5 innings so far and is certain to have some food for thought ahead of the fourth and final Test match, starts on Saturday.
Kohli has come in for some stick from certain sections of the Australian media due to his current form, and especially since he lashed out at his counterpart Steve Smith and said that seeking the help of his dressing room for DRS review for two consecutive days wasn’t a brain-fade.
Following this incident, an Australian newspaper claimed that hurled a Gatorade bottle at an Australian official and another daily compared him to American president Donald Trump. An article in the Daily Telegraph read “VIRAT Kohli has become the Donald Trump of world sport. “The Indian captain is a law unto himself with no one – not even the ICC or his own board – holding him accountable for his continual perpetuation of fake news. Just like President Trump, Kohli decided to blame the media as a means of trying to hide the egg smeared right across his face.”
Now, former Australian captain Michael Clarke has slammed the comparison by calling it a ‘load of shit’.
India Today quoted Clarke as saying “Comparing Virat Kohli with Donald Trump – what a load of shit is that. What Virat did, even Smith would have. Bear in mind, I love Kohli and the Australian public love him. It’s just two or three reporters who are trying to tarnish him.”
Clarke has said that the constant criticism of Kohli has benefited other batsmen like Pujara, Vijay, and KL Rahul. “Virat is tough and if you’re number one, then you have got to be tough. That’s how champions play.”
Clarke ended up by saying that the Australians have no qualms with the way Kohli has been playing and leading his team.