T20 World Cup 2021: Kohli handled defeat with much grace; I admire his sportsman spirit- Sana Mir

Virat Kohli was lauded for his sportsman spirit | Getty Images

Former Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir heaped praise on Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his gesture towards Pakistan players despite the Indian team losing by 10 wickets in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 on October 24 in Dubai.

Pictures of Kohli interacting and hugging Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan went viral on social media after Pakistan defeated India in their opening game in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on Sunday.

Kohli was hailed worldwide for his sportsmanship, and now Mir also admired the same and said the dashing cricketer handled the defeat with so much grace.

Mir wrote in her column for the ICC: “Virat Kohli handled the defeat with so much grace and I admire his sportsman spirit. It’s really good to see the top athletes, who are role models, behaving in the way he did. It shows a lot of security within, and it means they have a lot of confidence to bounce back.”

She also expects Team India to come back stronger following the defeat against Pakistan in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021. She added, “I won’t be surprised if India bounces back very quickly and in a big fashion and I hope we can see Pakistan and India play each other again in this tournament.”

Mir was also impressed by the Babar Azam-led Pakistan team’s attitude of not getting carried away by the memorable win over India, but rather focusing on the upcoming games in the tournament.

She signed off by saying, “With this performance, Pakistan has definitely become one of the favorites in the tournament, but it was heartening to see Babar and Shaheen (Shah Afridi) not get carried away when in front of the media, they were focused on the next games. It is a great sign that they are staying level-headed and shows the team is going in the right direction.”