He can go out, express himself – Ravi Shastri feels like giving up as captain “could be a blessing in disguise” for Virat Kohli

Former head coach of the Indian national cricket team Ravi Shastri believed that relinquishing the captaincy “could be a blessing in disguise” for batting maestro Virat Kohli and now he can play free.

Virat Kohli is no longer a captain of India in any form and he has also left the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Notably, Kohli had resigned as India’s T20 International (T20I) and Test Captain and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) fired him as One Day International (ODI) Skipper.

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Virat Kohli. Photo credits: (BCCI)

In the meantime, Ravi Shastric has said Virat Kohli’s form is not a major concern as he has done enough in international cricket “for people to know where he stands” and it’s all about expressing himself. Former head coach of India said:

I think [giving up captaincy] could be a blessing in disguise, to be honest. The pressure of captaincy has been lifted off his shoulders, the expectations that come with the captain’s absence. He can go out, express himself, play freely, and I think he will look forward to that.

“I think the most important thing is that he doesn’t have to worry about his own performance because he’s done enough in the world of cricket so people know where he stands. The point is that he wants to enjoy himself out there. I think that’s the key. It’s about mind over matter, it’s a matter of saying to yourself, ‘I want to go there, express myself and enjoy myself.’

It’s not easy being captain of a team in all three formats of the game – Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli, India
Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli. (Photo: Twitter)

Former head coach of India believes captaining India National Cricket Team is the “most demanding job” in the world of cricket. He said:

It is not easy to captain a team in all three formats of the game, especially India as it is the most demanding job in the world. No other team captain faces the kind of pressure an Indian team captain faces, and it’s simply because of the expectations of the billion people we have – 1.4 billion.”

He added that the decision to resign the captaincy was a smart one on Kohli’s part, but Shastri wanted him to remain as Test captain. He explained:

“The expectations are huge, and especially as a captain, when you’ve set the standards like Virat Kohli has, people expect you to win every game, and that’s never good enough. Even with the best teams you will have a low season, there will be a period when nothing is going on. The pressure will increase. So I think he made a smart decision to give up his captaincy. I would still have preferred him to have stayed in red ball cricket, but that is his personal choice.”

Virat Kohli IPL 2022
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Speaking about Virat Kohli’s batting position in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Shastri said:

“That depends on the balance of the team. I wouldn’t know what their middle order is, but in case they have a very strong middle order, Virat’s opening wouldn’t hurt.”

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