Virat Kohli may quit captaincy in other formats to focus on batting: Ravi Shastri

New Delhi
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli can step down from captaincy in other formats after T20 Internationals to deal with the pressure related to Kovid-19. Shastri’s stint with the team came to an end with India’s early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup being played in the UAE. When asked about Kohli’s captaincy in a conversation with ‘India Today’, Shastri said that he can give up the leadership responsibility from other formats to better manage the workload.

He said, ‘India has been at the top of the list for the last five years under his captaincy in Test cricket. He wouldn’t want to leave her unless he felt mentally exhausted. However, he may quit the captaincy to focus on batting in the near future. “It won’t happen immediately, but it can happen,” he said. The same can happen with white ball cricket (in the limited overs format). He can say that now he just wants to focus on Test captaincy.
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Describing Kohli as the fittest cricketer, Shastri said, “Many successful players have left the captaincy to focus on their batting.” “He definitely has that hunger to do well in the game, he is fitter than anyone in the team. No doubt about that. When you are physically fit, you age in the sport. In terms of captaincy, it will be his decision, but I see he can say no to white ball cricket but in red ball cricket he should continue to play. Because he has been the best messenger of Test cricket.

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Shastri anticipates that apart from Kohli, many other players may take a long break to deal with the fatigue of the bio bubble. He stressed on the need for different captains for different formats in the times of Kovid-19. He said, ‘It is important to have different captains in such times because it will reduce the pressure on the player. I think a lot of players want to take a break. You will need to take a break from the game from time to time.

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Asked about India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev’s allegations that players prefer IPL over country, Shastri said, “After the postponement of IPL in April, they (BCCI) had no choice. I don’t think it will happen again in future. As far as Kapil is concerned, he is right about the IPL schedule as it increased the fatigue of the players.

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Virat Kohli may quit captaincy in other formats to focus on batting: Ravi Shastri

Virat Kohli may quit captaincy in other formats to focus on batting: Ravi Shastri


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