Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri stated that the 33-year-old Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli, has achieved everything he could as the captain and it is now time to focus on his batting.
Kohli resigned as the Test captain of the Indian team after the defeat in the South Africa series. Although he finished his captaincy stint without an ICC trophy, Kohli will go down as the greatest Indian Test skipper.
“India’s most aggressive and successful Test captain, Kohli can walk out with his head held high. He is right up there with the best anywhere around the world and will go down in history as the finest India has ever had. Always very strong-minded, the Virat I know was firm in how he wanted to pursue his cricket, his captaincy and absolutely dedicated to the job,” Shastri said.
“He’s achieved what he wanted to as a captain” – Ravi Shastri
Under Kohli and Shastri, the Indian team scaled new heights in Tests, winning twice in Australia and is leading 2-1 in England. In the white-ball formats, they reached the finals of the Champions Trophy in 2017 and the semifinals of the ODI World Cup in 2019.
“Only two captains have won an ICC World Cup for India – Kapil Dev and MS Dhoni. The only two instances that Kohli might have felt frustrated are the WTC Final and this series in South Africa. It is time for him to focus on his batting. He’s achieved what he wanted to as captain,” Shastri mentioned.
Kohli led India to 40 wins in 68 matches and the number of matches he has won is the fourth highest in the world and the fourth-best in terms of win-loss ratio.