Virat vs BCCI: Not many teams have had a great deal of camaraderie between the coach and the captain. However, Indian cricket was blessed to witness the coach-captain combination in the form of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.
Every chapter in the cricketing books must come to an end. Kohli-Shastri’s liaison came to a close recently. Since then, the partnership between Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma started to bloom.
However, the fans should be grateful for what Kohli and Shastri have done to the Indian cricket team. Team India might not have won the ICC trophy under their tutelage but they sent shockwaves with their relentless winning attitude in overseas conditions.
During their reign, Team India scripted historic series wins in Test and ODI formats. Earlier, India became the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. In fact, they didn’t just do it once but twice.
At first, India’s historic success came in 2016-17 under Virat Kohli’s leadership. After that, India’s second success in the Test series came under Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership in 2020-21.
On both occasions, India came through flying colors by 2-1. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India scripted a historic 5-1 ODI series victory against South Africa in the rainbow nation in 2018.
Virat vs BCCI: Ravi Shastri abstains from talking about Virat Kohli’s body language after quitting captaincy
Virat vs BCCI: Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain in the shortest format post the T20 World Cup in the Gulf nation. Ravi Shastri also stepped down as the head coach post the marquee event. The BCCI named Rohit Sharma as the T20 captain of the Indian cricket team.
Just a month later, Virat Kohli was replaced by Rohit Sharma as ODI captain. On the other hand, Kohli stunned the cricketing fraternity by stepping down as Test captain following India’s 2-1 series loss against South Africa.
Meanwhile, former India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has refrained from talking about Kohli’s body language after quitting captaincy. Several former players backed Virat’s decision.
Virat vs BCCI: On the other hand, some former players were of the opinion that he could have marched on with the role for a few more years. However, Ravi Shastri backed Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as captain.
Speaking to PTI, the former head coach said that it is Virat’s personal decision and added that one must respect his decision. “It’s his choice. You have to respect his decision. There is a time for everything.”
“A lot of big players in the past have left captaincy when they felt they wanted to focus on their batting or on their cricket. Whether it’s (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Sunil) Gavaskar or (MS) Dhoni. And, it’s Virat Kohli now,” Shastri added. Team India will take on West Indies in the limited-overs series. India will play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. The first ODI will kick off on February 6 in Ahmedabad.