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I would have liked if Virat Kohli had remained the Test captain- Ravi Shastri

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ViratKohli has been in the news as the veteran cricketer and coach Ravi Shastri presented an opinion about him.

Former India coach Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli made a ‘wise decision’ by quitting captaincy in all formats of cricket. Shastri said that this has made it easier for Virat to present himself better in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL-2022).

Shastri, who knew and understood Kohli’s leadership skills closely during his tenure as the Indian coach, however, feels that the 33-year-old batsman could have remained the captain in Test cricket.

The 59-year-old former coach Ravi Shastri said, “To be honest, I think it (relinquishing the captaincy) can be indirectly beneficial for ViratKohli. The pressure of captaincy has taken off his shoulders. What is expected of the captain, now they will not happen. Now he can express himself well, can play freely and I think he would like to do that too.

He told Cricinfo,

‘I believe he made a wise decision to step down as captain. I would have liked if he had remained the captain of India’s Test team but it is a personal choice.’

Kohli took over the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the last season of IPL but now he is under the captaincy of Faf du Plessis. Will play He has left the captaincy of Team India in every format in international cricket, while in IPL also he will play as a batsman.

Virat had also stepped down as the Test team captain after India’s 1-2 loss on the tour of South Africa, while he had earlier resigned from the captaincy of the T20 team after last year’s World Cup. After this, the Cricket Board of India (BCCI) removed him from the captaincy of the ODI team.

Shastri further said, ‘I think the most important thing is not to worry about his performance because he has done enough work to prove himself in world cricket.’

The former all-rounder said that captaining the Indian cricket team has its challenges. He said, ‘Captaining a team in all three formats of the game is not an easy task, especially in India where a lot of expectations are placed on you.

The captain of any other team has to face less pressure than the captain of the Indian team because here the expectations of more than a billion people are attached to you. Expectations are too high.

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