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Virat fans slam Gavaskar for hinting at bias

Gavaskar stated that newcomer T Natarajan was forced to stay up with the team as a net bowler even after the birth of his daughter. He was asked to stay back after his brilliant performance in the limited over series. Many also pointed out that, especially after India’s embarrassing performance in the first Test, Virat Kohli should have stayed back with the Indian team for the rest of the matches.

“A match-winner, albeit in another format, being asked to be a net bowler. He will thus return home only after the series ends in the third week of January and get to see his daughter for the first time then. And there is the captain going back after the first Test for the birth of his first child. That’s Indian cricket. Different rules for different people. If you don’t believe me, ask Ravi Ashwin and T. Natarajan,” Gavaskar wrote in a Star Sports column.

“Disagree with Gavaskar. No one is forcing Natarajan to bowl in the nets. He realizes it’s a stepping stone for him. Kohli deciding to go back is a personal choice. Cricket is his profession, a part of life, not his entire life. If that renders him unfit to play, sure, fire him,” added a Twitter user.