Following his side's five-wicket loss to Pakistan in the Super Four clash at the ongoing Asia Cup, star Indian batter Virat Kohli had some strong words of support for young pacer Arshdeep Singh, who had dropped a crucial catch in the 18th over of the match.
"Even when I played my first game against Pakistan in Champions Trophy, I played a bad shot and got out. Anyone can make mistakes under pressure. It is natural to feel bad," he said.
"The team environment is great right now, credit for this goes to the management and captain. So, one must accept his mistake, address it, and look forward to being in that pressure situation once again," added Kohli in a post-match press conference on Sunday after India’s five-wicket loss to Pakistan.
Kohli admitted that Mohammad Nawaz's innings of 42 runs in just 20 balls was a turning point in the game.
"A chance was taken by sending him up the order. To play such impactful innings is good. Had his innings been restricted to just 15-20 runs, things could have been different," he added.
Talking about addressing the critics through his good performances, Virat said that he does not pay attention to such things.
"I have played 14 years of cricket. It does not happen by chance. I was able to score runs. My job is to work on my game, something I am always keen to do, to improve my game for the team. People have their opinions but that does not change my happiness as a person "
"I had taken some time off, put things in perspective. This has given me relaxation and realisation that this all is not the end of world and I need to enjoy my game. I was able to find that excitement again. The environment was welcoming when I came back and I am enjoying the way I am batting," he said.
"When I left Test captaincy then one person messaged me was MS Dhoni. No one else even though they have my number. Neither he wants anything from me and nor I want anything from him. If there is a genuine connection, it is reflected this way. We were not insecure of each other. "
"People give a lot of suggestions publicly. If I want to say something to someone, I would reach out individually. If one does want me to improve, he can talk to me one on one. But if you want to give me suggestions publicly, I do not hold value to it," he concluded.