Ravi Shastri: Ravi Shastri, furious at Virat Kohli’s critics, said, ‘People’s memory has become weak’


New Delhi: Ravi Shastri, the former coach of the Indian cricket team, has defended Virat Kohli, who has been in poor form for a long time. Ravi Shastri believes that he still has no match for Kohli in terms of fitness, hunger to win and passion and will make a great comeback after the break after the England tour. The match against Pakistan in the Asia Cup on August 28 will be the 100th T20 International match of former captain Virat Kohli. This is India’s first match against arch-rivals after losing to Pakistan in the T20 World Cup last year.

Let us tell you that in April, Shastri had advised Kohli to take a break from cricket and not play IPL if it felt necessary. Shastri said, ‘I haven’t spoken to Kohli recently but the big players always get alert on time. The break taken before the Asia Cup will be beneficial for him in which he will introspect. People’s memory is very short and even if he scores a half-century against Pakistan, people will forget everything.

Shastri, who returned with ‘Shaz and Vaz’ to Star Sports’ commentary box with Wasim Akram, said, ‘I recently saw a statistic that in the last three years, Kohli has compared to his contemporaries Kane Williamson, David Warner or Joe Root. Played three times matches. He was playing consistently in all the three formats which must have had an impact.

Despite this, there is no other Indian cricketer as fit as him. He is a machine and the hunger and passion for victory remains the same. Every great player goes through bad times and learns from them. He just needs a big innings. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said, ‘The way Kohli is being criticized on social media for the last one year, it is absolutely unnecessary. He is one of the best cricketers of all time. Form is temporary and ‘class’ is always there.’

“Hopefully he will come back soon but don’t do it against Pakistan,” he jokingly said. Terming comparison of Pakistan captain Babar Azam with Kohli as hasty, Akram said, “This comparison is natural and has happened in every round. Inzamam-ul-Haq has been compared with Sachin Tendulkar, Gundappa Vishwanath with Zaheer Abbas and Javed Miandad with Sunil Gavaskar.

“Babur has good technique and is learning fast. He is on the way to become as great as Kohli but it is too early to compare him.

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