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Ravi Shastri Suggested Kohli to Leave Captaincy Six Months Back, Report Claims

Ravi Shastri Suggested Kohli to Leave Captaincy Six Months Back, Report Claims
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A report of India Ahead suggests that India’s head coach Ravi Shastri had advised Virat Kohli to step down from captaincy long ago. However, according to BCCI sources, Kohli had not listen to Shastri.

Shastri’s Suggestion

Virat Kohli’s decision to quit T20 captaincy of Indian cricket team created massive media buzz. But most of the people welcomed it expecting to see the old Kohli at his best in batting. A recent India Ahead report revealed that the Indian head coach had spoken to Kohli about the same long back. As per the repot, the talk about Kohli’s captaincy had started at least six months ago after India’s series triumph in Australia. Kohli had not played the entire series because of personal reasons and India went on to win it without the regular skipper.

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A BCCI official was quoted as saying that, “Ravi Shastri had spoken to Kohli around six months ago. But Kohli didn’t listen to Shastri. He is still keen to lead India in ODIs and that is why he only decided to let go the T20 captaincy. Even the board was discussing it as to how Kohli could be utilized more as a batsman. That is because he has a lot left as a player even now.”

What about ODI captaincy?

The source also added, “If Kohli was that bad a captain, India wouldn’t have stayed as No. 1 team in the world. It’s just that he didn’t win an ICC Trophy, which can happen anytime soon.” However, Shastri had suggested Kohli to get rid of the white-ball captaincy altogether.

The 32-year-old Kohli through a social media statement announced about his resignation from T20 captaincy for India after the upcoming World Cup. The reason behind the same was mentioned as more focus on the game. However, he informed that he would continue to lead India in 50-over and longest format. But if things do not go well, he may have to lose captaincy from ODI too.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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