Ravi Shastri, the former India head coach who also played a major role in achieving the highs for Team India, has shared his views on Virat Kohli’s captaincy era. Virat Kohli’s era as Test captain of Team India came to an end earlier this month after he decided to step down following the team’s loss in the three-match series (1-2) against Proteas.
Virat Kohli, who won 40 out of 68 matches as Test captain, ended as India’s most successful skipper in the longest format of the game. Under Virat Kohli, India ended its wait for a Test series win in Australia, and also topped the Test rankings for a long period of time.
Ravi Shastri Feels Virat Kohli Could’ve Captained India In Tests For Next Two Years
Ravi Shastri feels that Virat Kohli could’ve easily captained the Test team for the next two years, considering the fact that the Indian team will be playing against lower-ranked teams.
“For sure, he could’ve led India for at least 2 years because next two years India would be playing at home and who is coming over – 9 and 10 jacks, if you see the rankings,” Shastri said.
The 59-year-old added that Virat Kohli could’ve further bettered his legacy as India’s Test captain, something which other individuals might’ve found hard to digest.
“He would have then probably made it to 50 wins under his captaincy and then a lot of people would have had difficulties in digesting that fact,” he added.
Then a day after India lost to South Africa in the Test series, he dropped the bombshell to step down from Test captaincy as well. Virat Kohli’s decision to retire came after India was defeated by South Africa in the Cape Town Test by 7 wickets. The tourists slumped from taking a 1-0 lead to lose the series 2-1.
Ravi Shastri Speaks Up On Virat Kohli’s Illustrious Record As Test Skipper
However, Ravi Shastri insisted that everyone should respect Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Test captain as he has led the team successfully for a long period of time.
The 33-year-old led India in 68 games and won 40, becoming the country’s most successful Test captain in the process. He presided over India’s first-ever Test series win in Australia and led the team to a 2-1 lead in England last summer before the fifth Test was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
“Virat Kohli led India for 5-6 years in Tests and out of those, five years India was no. 1. No other Indian captain has this kind of record. There are only a handful of captains in the world with this kind of record. So, when the most successful captain decides to step down as captain it’s an individual’s decision because nobody has that record of 40 wins in 68 matches,” Ravi Shastri further said.
India’s next Test assignment will come during a two-match series against Sri Lanka at home between February and March. Virat Kohli’s exit from the leadership role also means that his 100th Test against Sri Lanka next month will be only as a batter looking to end a two-year-long century drought.
Notable that Virat Kohli resigned from the T20I captaincy after the T20I World Cup to manage his workload but he clearly stated that he would like to continue as Test and ODI skipper. But a month later he was sacked from ODI captaincy as well. The spot of limited-overs captaincy went to Rohit Sharma who would be likely named as an all-format skipper in a few days.