There cannot be 11 Kohlis in a team, reasons Muralitharan

New Delhi: With Australia chasing down India’s total of 358 in the fourth ODI at Mohali and squaring the five-match series 2-2, pundits and fans have been quite critical of the performance of the Indian players.

While some have questioned the bowlers’ inability to defend a mammoth total on a decently big ground like the PCA Stadium in Mohali, others have questioned Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills in the absence of M S Dhoni, known to guide the skipper on the field.

Former Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan begged to differ with the criticism that has come India’s way after Australia won the fourth ODI Sunday.

He feels that people need to be patient as one cannot have 11 match-winners in the team and it is also important to try out various combinations going into the World Cup.

You have to be patient with the team. The Indian team has been doing really well and are trying to experiment with the World Cup around the corner. You will get failures on the road to success as there cannot be 11 Virat Kohlis in the team. Not everyone can be a match-winner, he reasoned.

You will win some games and you will also lose a few. Otherwise, every team must be filled with 11 Kohlis or Sachin Tendulkars or Don Bradmans. But that cannot happen, Muralitharan argued.

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