“It Has Backfired”: Former Pakistan Captain Blames Ravi Shastri For Virat Kohli’s Lean Patch

File photo of former India captain Virat Kohli and ex-Team India head coach Ravi Shastri© AFP

It has been more than two years since Virat Kohli scored a ton in international cricket. As India enters the Tour of England, all eyes will be on the former India captain. During the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri had said Kohli needed to take a break to refresh his mind. “I think a break is ideal for him because he’s been playing cricket non-stop and he’s captained all formats. It’s wise of him to take a break. You know, sometimes you have to take stock .” Shastri had said.

To which Kohli later said in an interview, “”It’s not like many people have mentioned it (taking a break). There’s exactly one person who mentioned it, and that’s Ravi bhai… I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s a healthy thing with the amount of cricket we play. It is about finding balance and that balance that is good for you as an individual. I will definitely discuss this with everyone involved – Rahul Bhai, the Indian team management, everyone to find out what is best for myself and the team.”

Now former Pakistani captain Rashid Latif has claimed that Ravi Shastri is to blame for Kohli’s poor form. Although he said it without explaining how or why.

“It is because of him that all this has happened to him (Kohli). If he hadn’t been the coach, he (Kohli) wouldn’t have been sitting still,” Rashid Latif said in a discussion on YouTube channel Caught Behind when asked about Shastri’s suggestion to Kohli to take a break from cricket.

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“What happened in 2019 (2017) was that a player like Anil Kumble was sidelined. Ravi Shastri took his place. Whether he had the ability or not, I don’t know. He was a broadcaster. He had no business becoming a coach, absolutely no business. There were others (except Virat Kohli) who brought in Ravi Shastri. It backfires. In fact, it failed.”

Shastri was appointed head coach of the Indian team in 2017 following a controversial ouster of Anil Kumble from that position. Shastri held the position of head coach until 2021.

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