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CWC 19: Unreasonable to criticise Virat Kohli for semi-final defeat, says Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is of the view that criticising Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the team s defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the ICC Men s Cricket World Cup semi-final is unreasonable . Unreasonable criticism of Virat Kohli, it is not acceptable. The reason for this is that he has been a great player, he won many games (for India), Akhtar said on Thursday in a Youtube video.India, who were facing a target of 240 runs, were reduced to 5/3 inside four overs. All three top-order batsmen - Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli - scored just one run each.Despite Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni s tough fight, India faced an 18-run defeat and failed to find a spot in the tournament s final.Acknowledging that Kohli and Sharma, who is the highest run-getter of the tournament with 648 runs, are great players , Akhtar asserted that the duo cannot take the team over the line each time. Virat Kohli has made India win so many matches after coming to bat at one down and he is


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