Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri suggested Virat Kohli to quit ODI and T20I captaincy


Virat Kohli‘s recent announcement about his stance on T20I captaincy turned out to be one of the biggest talking points in Cricket. Some new reports say that Ravi Shastri had asked Kohli to quit not just the T20I captaincy, but also in the ODI format. Citing his excessive workload in recent years, Kohli quit captaincy in the shortest format in T20Is and also for the Royal Challengers Bangalore shortly after.

A BCCI official was quoted by India Ahead, where he mentioned that the talk about Kohli stepping down from leadership capacity was on for a while. However, Kohli was keen on continuing until he had given it an extensive thought in recent months. The thought had picked up pace after India won in Australia without their full-time captain.

“The talk about Kohli’s captaincy started after India won the Australian series without their regular captain. It also indicates that Kohli may have to let go the ODI captaincy at some point before 2023 if things don’t go as planned.

Shastri, who says the upcoming six ODIs against New Zealand and South Africa could be used as a platform for his team's preparations for the global T20 championship in Australia this October.

Ravi Shastri and Kohli have worked in tandem since the Champions Trophy 2017.

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“Shastri had spoken to Kohli around six months ago. But Kohli didn’t listen to Shastri. He is still keen to lead India in ODIs and that is why he only decided to let go of the T20 captaincy. Even the board was discussing how Kohli could be utilized more as a batsman. That is because he has a lot left as a player even now,” the BCCI official said.

Ravi Shastri could step down after T20 World Cup

Indian Express had reported a month ago that Ravi Shastri will not renew his term as the Indian coach. He will part ways with the national side after the T20 World Cup and the BCCI will soon be hunting for another full-time candidate soon.

Speculations also suggest that the entire coaching staff under Shastri (including bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and batting coach Vikram Rathour) will step down after the T20 World Cup. Shastri took over from Anil Kumble as head coach of the Indian cricket team in 2017, soon after the the Men in Blue lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.