Former England captain Michael Vaughan criticized former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez for calling Virat Kohli ‘selfish’ despite scoring a century against South Africa at the iconic “Eden Gardens” in Kolkata on Monday, November 6. With this century, Virat Kohli’s target of 49th century was completed. format and also equaled the ODI record of great batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Hafeez said that Virat was selfish while playing against the Proteas, highlighting how he reached the three-figure mark during the game.
He said, “There is a sense of selfishness in Virat Kohli making Satak and this happened for the third time in this World Cup. He wanted to complete his century by scoring runs in the 49th over. And he didn’t put the team in first place. Rohit Sharma could also have played selfish cricket, but he did not do so because he is not playing for himself but for Team India.” Hafiz said.
Responding to Hafeez’s comments, Vaughan said the Pakistani cricketer’s comments were “completely false”. The English cricketer also praised Kohli’s extraordinary innings and said that it was an anchor innings.
Come on @MHafeez22 !!! India have hammered 8 teams playing great cricket .. @imVkohli now has 49 tons and his last was an anchor role innings on a tricky pitch .. His team won by over 200 !!!! This is utter nonsense .. #CWC2023 #India #Pakistan https://t.co/Foh3hhz3RE
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 7, 2023
Meanwhile, India’s campaign in the ongoing World Cup on home soil has been one to remember. In their final game of the group stage, the Men in Blue cruised to an impressive 243-run win on the back of an all-round display.
With the help of Kohli’s unbeaten 101 (121) and important half-century by Shreyas Iyer (77 out of 87), India scored a huge score of 326 runs while batting first. Later, star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored 50 as India bowled out Temba Bavuma and Co. for 83 in just 27.1 overs.