International Cricket Council CEO David Richardson on Thursday described and praised Indian captain Virat Kohli as a great ambassador for the game and the Indian team as a “well-behaved” one.
He made this statement when asked about Hardik Pandya’s sexist comments on a TV show Koffee with Karan. Hardik was suspended for 4 matches in Australia and New Zealand.
Richardson who was at a World Cup-related promotional event was asked questions on Pandya’s loose talk on women in a TV show that led to a suspension. After which his suspension was lifted pending an inquiry for now.
“That’s the issue for the member country to worry about and generally, the Indian team is a well-behaved team. They come to matches and accept the umpire’s decision. They play in the right spirit,” said Richardson.
“They perform very well and Virat Kohli is the great ambassador for the game. He talks passionately not about T20 cricket but Tests cricket and 50-over cricket and I think all the good players want to play all formats of the game,” he added.
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He was asked a question about India’s handling of the Pandya issue and all he could say was, “Yes, we hope that India would sort it out soon but from a global perspective, it’s not a huge issue.”
Talking about cricketing matters, Richardson praised India’s recent performances and captain Virat Kohli’s focus on fitness. He felt India is now dominating the game the way Australia dominated for a long time.
“I think it’s a natural progression, India always have the potential, millions of people play the game and love the game and things in this country have proved tremendously,” he said
“Their focus is more on fitness, Virat Kohli is there, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a catalyst for them. Their focus on bowling and fielding is better…Now they have depth in every field, fast-bowling, spinners, they have a good team at the moment,” he added.
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