Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri, the former Team India head coach has said that many people have already spoken about Virat Kohli stepping down as Test captain and it is not his duty to get into gossip.

Former Indian captain Virat Kohli has always been criticized for not winning an ICC trophy in his tenure as a captain despite being one of the best batters of his generation. Recently, Virat Kohli resigned from the T20 captaincy, after which he was sacked from the ODI captaincy and then he resigned from his Test captaincy as well.

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source: AP

Ravi Shastri Won’t Discuss Any Matter Pertaining To Indian Team Or Cricketers As His Job As Coach Was Over

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 South Africa. 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.

“Many people have already spoken about Virat Kohli and him stepping down as the captain. I do not have the time to get into gossip and get into details. I took a break after seven years in the game, I have been part of the team and I am very clear, that I do not wash dirty linen in public.

“The day I finished, it will be blank. I will not discuss any of my players on the public platforms, I have been very clear on this,” Ravi Shastri said in an exclusive interview.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

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. 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.

Virat Kohli Holds Record For Most Test Appearances-68 And Most Wins-40 As India’s Test Skipper

Virat Kohli had stepped down as the Test skipper after India suffered a Test series loss (2-1) against South Africa despite winning the 1st Test. India then went on to lose the ODI series 0-3 against the Proteas.

When asked about the series loss, Ravi Shastri said: “To be honest, I did not watch the series. I did not even see a single ball. I saw the result as people talk it, but I did not see a single ball.”

Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)
Virat Kohli was in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)

Talking about the current Team India squad, Shastri said: “How the standard can go down, you have been the number one Test team for five years. Nothing can be done, you cannot win every game. When you have a win ratio of 65 per cent, then what is there to worry about? You have lost one series, then all this talk?”

Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Virat Kohli as captain in Test cricket. Under Ravi Shastri’s tenure as head coach, India managed to win the Test series in Australia and the side also managed to reach the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC).

Virat Kohli 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.

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