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Shastri on the Split Captaincy and His Equation with Kohli

Shastri on the Split Captaincy and His Equation with Kohli
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Ravi Shastri, India’s former head coach believes that spilt captaincy could work as a blessing for Indian cricket team. Shastri explained his point of view on Star Sport’s show ‘Bold and Brave’.

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri thinks that in situation like this when the team may have to stay in a buddle for another year or so, it can be difficult for one captain to handle all three formats. “I think it’s the right way to go. This could be a blessing in disguise for Virat, and for Rohit because I don’t think in this era if the bubble life exists for another year or so, one guy to handle all three is not easy at all,” Shastri said on Star Sports’ show ‘Bold and Brave’.

Recently Shastri left the job of India’s head coach while on the other hand, Virat Kohli decided to resign from T20I captaincy. Later Rohit Sharma was made the captain for the limited-overs and Kohli was asked to lead the Test team only. This raised quite a controversy, but Kohli later said in a press meet that he would be supporting the new leadership group as much as possible.

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Talking about his equation with Kohli, Shastri said: “We’re both pretty aggressive, we want to play to win. We realized very quickly that to win you need to take 20 wickets, deciding to play aggressive and fearless cricket. It meant at times you would lose games but once you got one across the line, then its infectious.”

While talking about his own tenure as the Indian head coach, Shastri said that he was not a successful coach as he was unable to the best out of Rohit Sharma as a Test opener. “It was very clear in my mind that I wanted to do it. I thought if I can’t get the best out of him as a batsman then I am a failure as a coach because there is too much talent there,” said Shastri.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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