New Delhi: In a rare display of irritation, Viswanathan Anand, who two days ago won his fifth world title, on Friday hit out at chess great Garry Kasparov and other critics for suggesting that he lacked motivation.
"I think that this is the first time I have played a match where so many people seemed to have negative opinion about my play. And the thing is I do not think I lacked motivation," Anand said about his clash with Israel's Boris Gelfand, whom he beat in Moscow on Wednesday to win his fifth world title.
42-year-old Anand told NDTV in an interview from Moscow that a lot of people were 'parroting' Kasparov's views. "It was not just Kasparov but a lot of people were parroting what he was saying. It (the win) was satisfying to win with a negative opinion around me."