Ishant’s behaviour pathetic display of aggression: Bedi
Ishant played a vital role in India’s series clinching <g data-gr-id="51">win</g> in Colombo, bagging eight wickets in the match to join the 200 wicket-takers club. But his continuous verbal duels on the field not only cost him 65 per cent of his match fee in the second game but a second offence at the SSC in the third and final Test attracted an ICC ban for one Test match. Bedi called it an unfortunate series of events.
“See they talked about aggression and then an Ishant gets banned for a match. Is this what you want on a cricket field? This is <g data-gr-id="63">pathetic</g> display of aggression. And remember this has nothing to do with Virat’s aggression, who is just giving <g data-gr-id="61">statement</g> after statement and trying to sell his aggression through words,” Bedi told PTI in an interview.
“He (Kohli) did a very good job in the context of this <g data-gr-id="66">series</g> but he needs to control his aggro. There is always one camera which is focused on the captain, so he has to be an exceptionally good role model. You be aggressive with your bat, ball and fielding not with your mouth.
“These are very early days as far as his captaincy is concerned. There is so much more to be done. And there are far too many lacunas in the Indian team. We would be absolutely blind if we don’t see the shortcomings now,” Bedi said.
In a come-from-behind series win, India registered two comfortable Test victories after losing the opening game in Galle. But Bedi, who congratulated the young team for the win, opined that the visitors were up against a weak opposition and the celebrations that followed were uncalled for.
“Ye itna bada kaddoo <g data-gr-id="55">mein</g> <g data-gr-id="56">teer</g> <g data-gr-id="57">nahin</g> <g data-gr-id="58">maara</g> hai (It’s no great achievement either). If they would have won 3-0 then I would have understood. Ok, now you have won, but what’s the need for this craziness. You had gone there to win, right.
“So you did what you were expected to do, what’s the fuss all about. Let’s not go overboard for goodness sake. This Sri Lankan team was a very weak side. They should have destroyed them,” said Bedi.
“But a win is a win. I would like to congratulate the boys, but there is no point in the country going berserk over this victory. There has to be some stability in the mind. You lose, you go mad and then you win, you again go crazy. When are we going to mature and accept defeat and victory in a very balanced manner,” he added.