Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has defended Virat Kohli saying baring one bad game, Indiaa’s star batsman had a stellar tour down under. Dravid said the fans shouldn’t have short memory and Virat Kohli’s brilliant show in the Test series and also in the pool stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 shouldn’t be forgotten just because one bad performance. Dravid also said he can’t think of an Indian batsman who had played better than Virat Kohli in Australia, in the Test matches.
“We have short memory. He did play his absolute best at the Test matches. In fact, he was sensational,” Dravid said in an event in Melbourne. “I cannot think of an Indian batsman who had come to Australia and played as well as Kohli in the Test matches. We did see his absolute best. Unfortunately we didn’t see it the other night (semi final match). But that’s part and parcel of the sports,” he added.
On India’s losing the semifinals against Australia in Sydney, Dravid said he was not very disappointed by the defeat. Dravid said the two teams which played the finals were the best teams to have reached there.
“Realistically, India didn’t beat Australia at all during these four months at any Test matches and tri-series and New Zealand did play some fantastic cricket at home,” he elaborated.
Dravid also said that the two best teams in the tournament made to final. Talking about India, Dravid said the conditions Down Under were always going to be difficult for the young Indian team.
“I think the two best teams made to finals,” Dravid said adding, “India did as well as they could and it was quite difficult to get to the semifinals.” “They were a young team and with these kind of conditions, it was going to be difficult to get over the Australian hurdle,” he said.