Bishan Bedi for a strong coach to contain Kohli

Bishan Singh Bedi
Bishan Singh Bedi, Photo: Getty Images

Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi feels BCCI needs to appoint a “strong coach” to guide the temperamental Test captain Virat Kohli, who is known for his off-the-field controversies.

“I believe Virat needs a good coach, who will not only be a good guide, but also take charge of his temperament. He is so impulsive. Cricket is not kabaddi or kho-kho. One needs to have the temperament to play for a long time,” he said on 21 May.

Also, Bedi is not happy with a section of media eulogising Kohli’s “aggressive attitude”. “Media created Kohli’s image and it will destroy him. Every move of his will be monitored. He needs to be careful. Whether he is holding the fork in the right or left-hand will also be scrutinised,” said Bedi.

Asked whether there are personalities who can complement Kohli’s aggression, Bedi did not give a direct reply. Asked whether Kohli is a losing focus, he replied, “I hope that’s not the case.”

While Bedi termed Bhajji’s includion as a “backward step”, he didn’t agree with Gavaskar’s opinion that “spin cupboard is bare”.

“Selectors have picked this guy Karn Sharma in Test squad for bowling four overs of IPL. I mean he has played 35-40 first class matches (73 wickets in 38 first-class matches) but what exactly has he done?” asked Bedi.

“There are so many confused young players. That Punjab opener (Manan) Vohra, Unmukt Chand, Sanju Samson, Sarfaraz Khan all seem confused. Khan is talented, but he needs to do well in first-class cricket,” Bedi said.




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