Ravi Shastri feels that Virat Kohli is ready to take over captaincy from MS Dhoni in all three formats. He said that Virat Kohli should be made captain in all three formats and let MS Dhoni play freely without burden.
Asked if he feels that Kohli is ready for leading across all formats, Shastri said: “If I am the chairman of selectors, I would be thinking in that fashion, absolutely. It is it time to start thinking. You have to see India has no major event in three years till 2019 World Cup. This is your best chance to think and build.”
MS Dhoni has contributed a lot for the Indian team as a captain. He has made the country proud winning 3 major ICC World titles. MS Dhoni’s contribution as a player will help Indian cricket a lot.
“By no stretch of imagination, you are taking anything away from MS. He can still contribute massively as a player. Time has come to allow him to enjoy himself, enjoy the game. It also depends on how much hungry MS is, how passionate he is, whether the juices are still flowing. It’s a Catch-22 situation but you have to take hard decisions
Kohli has taken over the captain in test matches 2014 when MS Dhoni retired from test cricket. Kohli has taken strides as a batsman in the past 2 years. In the year 2016, Virat Kohli has been in special form especially in T20 format and One day International cricket.
“A time has come where you have a guy you have groomed over a period of time, who is ready. In the next 18 months, India hardly plays any ODIs, the gaps between Tests and ODIs are massive. So its time to look ahead.”