Advice of Ravi Shastri for Virat Kohli

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Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli

Former head coach Ravi Shastri has given some advice to the ex Indian captain Virat Kohli. Shastri said, Virat can take leave from cricket for two to three month.

Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli

For a long time, no big run came from the bat of Virat Kohli. He has scored two fifties in the one-day series against South Africa, but it has been more than two years since he hit a century. In addition, the former India captain has recently been embroiled in a feud with the board.

Kohli relinquishes test cricket captaincy after losing the series against South Africa. In this situation, former India coach Ravi Shastri thinks that Kohli should take a break from cricket for two to three months now. Then he will be able to come back stronger.

Shastri and Kohli partnership

Shastri’s relationship with Kohli was great when he was India’s coach. Kohli’s contribution was the biggest reason behind Shastri becoming the team India coach for the second time. Shastri’s tenure as coach ended after the T20 World Cup. Within two to three months, Kohli also stepped down as the leader of the three formats.

Shastri told former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar in an interview on his YouTube channel: “The pressure on Kohli is mounting. People are looking for opportunities to attack him. No cricketer is perfect.” Ravi Shastri said, “I have seen many people leave the captaincy and concentrate on cricket. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni are in this list. Dhoni has played 90 Tests. Another 10-15 could play effortlessly. But he retired.”

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Shastri added, “Kohli has to understand that he is 33 years old. But he still has five years left in cricket. If Virat can stay calm, focus on his batting, move on from the match and take a break from the game of cricket, then Virat still has a lot to see. I think if he takes a break from cricket for two-three months and doesn’t play a series, then he can improve a lot as a cricketer.”

According to Shastri, Kohli still can rule like a king with the bat. “After taking a break, Kohli can rule like a king for the next three to four years,” he said. Mentally Kohli is like a king. He knows exactly how to play cricket as a team man. I want Kohli to contribute as a team player and help India to win the matches.

Shastri belive, Team quality not decreased

But the former head coach of team India is not worried about losing both Test and ODI series in South Africa. According to Shastri, there is not much to worry about losing the two series. He also does not think that the quality of the Indian team has decreased.

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In an interview, he said, “Criticism starts when a series is lost. It is not possible to win all the matches. The team will win some matches, lose some. Suddenly quality of the game can not be reduced. They have been the number one team in the world for the last five years.”

Ravi Shastri was in charge of the Indian team for almost six years. He was the coach of Virat Kohli from 2014 to 2021. In between, Anil Kumble was given the responsibility for one year. India has won the series twice on Australian soil under Shastri’s coaching. The team under Kohli also played in the final of the World Test Championship. Team India is leading the Test series on English soil. Shastri’s term ended after the T20 World Cup in 2021. After the World Cup, Dravid took charge of the Indian team.

Shastri belive captaincy is not everything

During the change of coach, the leadership of the Indian team is changing. Kohli gave up the captaincy of T20 cricket. After that, BCCI removed Virat Kohli from the captaincy of one-day cricket. He also relinquished leadership in red-ball cricket after losing the Test series in South Africa. Now, Rohit Sharma has been declared the full captain.
What did the former coach say about giving up the captaincy of Virat Kohli?

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He said, “It is his wish. We should respect that. Everything has time to give up. Many great cricketers have given up leadership and said they will pay more attention to the game. Sachin (Tendulkar) did, (Sunil) Gavaskar did, (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni did, this time Kohli did.”

According to him, Kohli’s captaincy should not be judged by the trophy. “Many great cricketers have not won the World Cup,” he said. That does not matter. Sourav (Ganguly), (Rahul) Dravid, (Anil) Kumble, none of them won the World Cup. If so, are they bad cricketers? It can not be judged in this way. How many World Cup-winning captains do we have? Tendulkar has won one after playing six World Cups.”

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