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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

“It Backfires”: Former Pakistan Captain Blames Ravi Shastri For Virat Kohli’s Lean Patch cricket news

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File photo of former India captain Virat Kohli and former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri© AFP

It has been more than two years since Virat Kohli scored a century in international cricket. As India tour England, all eyes will be on the former Indian captain. During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had said that Kohli needs to take a break to refresh his mind. “I think a break is ideal for him because he has played non-stop cricket and has captained the team in all formats. It would make sense for him to take a break. You know, sometimes you have to strike a balance, Shastri said.

To which, Kohli later said in an interview: “Not that many people have mentioned it (taking a break). One person has mentioned it accurately, which is Ravi bhai. I don’t think so.” Anything is wrong with that. It’s a healthy thing to do with the amount of cricket we play. It’s about finding that balance and that balance that’s right for you as a person. I definitely I will discuss this with everyone involved – Rahul bhai, the Indian team management, everyone to chart out what is best for me and the team.”

Now, former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has made a tall claim that Ravi Shastri is behind Kohli’s poor form. However, he said without explaining how and why.

He said, ‘It is because of him, all this has happened to him (Kohli). Had he not been the coach, he (Kohli) would not have sat outside.

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“What happened in 2019 (2017) was that a player like Anil Kumble was sidelined. Ravi Shastri came in his place. Whether he had the ability or not, I don’t know. He was a broadcaster. He had no business being a coach, absolutely no business. There were others (besides Virat Kohli) who brought in Ravi Shastri. This is backfiring. In fact, it has had the opposite effect.”

Shastri was appointed the head coach of the Indian team in 2017 following the controversial expulsion of Anil Kumble. Shastri took over as the head coach till 2021.

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