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India vs Australia 2018: Ravi Shastri is not a ‘Yes Man’, says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri

The Indian cricket team is set to travel to Australia for a long tour. The captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri interacted with the media before the flight to Australia. The duo talked about the plans for the crucial series. However, the most catching phrase of the captain turned out to be for the coach not being a ‘Yes Man’.

The Indian coach is perceived to be a person who agrees to everything the captain says. But Kohli doesn’t agree with the general perception. He said that Shastri has said no plenty of times and that the 56-year-old provides his honest opinion.

“That is the most bizarre thing I have heard. In Indian cricket, I don’t think there is anyone else who has said no to me more than him honestly. He is one guy I can speak to and can get an honest opinion. I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else in the past,” said Kohli about Ravi Shastri.

Ravi Shastri knows how to get the best out of the players

The 30-year-old continued praising the efforts of the coach. He mentioned that Shastri makes players believe that they belong to the big stage. Also, the Delhi-lad hailed Shastri’s contribution in helping him come out of bad phases.

“His contribution ever since we started building this team is making people believe that they belong there. We all went through a tough time in 2014 (the England tour) and for me to be able to come out of that, and Shikhar (Dhawan) in the 2015 World Cup, he can vouch for that. He (Ravi bhai) knows how to get the best out of the players,” said Kohli.

“It is mostly about man management at this level and Ravi bhai has done that brilliantly. People are entitled to their opinion. We have to live our lives. We can’t stop doing things which take place organically. Nothing is happening in a fake way,” added the Indian skipper.

 

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