Former Pakistan National Cricket Team captain Rashid Latif has blamed former India National Cricket Team head coach Ravi Shastri for the downfall of the former India captain Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli, who is regarded as one of the modern-day greats, has been struggling for runs in recent times. The 33-year-old batter, who has scored over 8000 runs in Tests and 12000 runs in One Day Internationals, has not scored a century for a very long time now.
Kohli had reached the 70-century milestone in the year 2019 itself and since then he has batted over 100 innings without scoring a century at any level. He last scored a century in November 2019.
Also, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain was struggling with the bat in the Indian Premier League 2022. He just scored 341 runs in the cash-rich league at an average of 22.73, including just two half-centuries, which came against champions Gujarat Titans.
He was a broadcaster, Had no business in coaching – Rashid Latif on Ravi Shastri
In a video shared on his Youtube channel, Latif talked about Kohli’s poor form and blamed former India coach Shastri for Kohli’s struggle for runs in recent times. He said that Shastri was a broadcaster when he was appointed as India’s head coach and he had no business in coaching.
“It is because of him (Ravi Shastri) that this has happened. In 2019, you sidelined a player like Kumble and in came Ravi Shastri. Whether he had the accreditation or not, I have no idea. He was a broadcaster. Had no business in coaching.
“Barring Virat Kohli, I am sure there would have been other people who played a role in getting Shastri in. But that is backfiring now, isn’t it? Had he (Shastri) not become the coach, he (Kohli) wouldn’t have gone out (of form),” he said.
Notably, Shastri’s stint as a head coach ended after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Rahul Dravid was appointed as India’s new head coach.
Meanwhile, Kohli, after being rested for the home T20I series against South Africa, will be returning to action in the one-off Test against England.
The 5th and last Test match of the series between India and England, which was cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, will be played at the Edgbaston, Birmingham from Friday, July 1.
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