Team India has started the ODI World Cup year on a brilliant note, sweeping Sri Lanka 3-0 at home. The Men in Blue are currently hosting a white-ball series against New Zealand that includes three ODIs and three T20s.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli should take a break from the third ODI to prepare for the crucial Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) 2023.
India will host a four-match Test series against Australia in February and March. The Aussies will look to repeat their feat from 2004 when they won the series 2-1 on Indian soil.
Australia dominated the 2023 World Test Championship and currently leads the points table, while India is in second place. This will be the final Test series for both teams and will decide their fate for the World Test Championship final.
25 Years Ago Sachin Tendulkar Went To Play In CCI – Ravi Shastri
Former Indian coach and cricketer, Ravi Shastri has said that Virat Kohli should skip the final ODI against New Zealand in Hyderabad and return to first-class cricket to prepare for the crucial Test series against Australia. He also cited master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who did the same thing 25 years ago.
“I’ve always believed you play more first-class cricket, especially when you are going to play a lot in India. Just feel top players don’t play enough first-class cricket. There’s a lot of cricket around, you might not want to take the risk. But at times you’ve got to be smart and sacrifice certain games to look at the bigger picture. And the big picture is Australia,” said Shastri on-air.
“25 years ago Sachin Tendulkar went to play in CCI against an Australian team and got a double hundred. Two months later in 1998 he had above 1000 runs against Australia in all formats. He got a terrific double hundred and Australia knew that they didn’t get that man early the writing was on the wall,” Shastri said.