Former Pakistan captains Rashid Latif blames Ravi Shastri for Virat Kohli below-par form


Indian batsman Virat Kohli’s poor form with the bat has been a topic of discussion for a long time. Former captain Kohli has not scored a century for the last three years. The right-handed batsman has played more than 100 innings for this. Kohli last scored a century in November 2019. In IPL 2022 too, he scored only 341 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at an average of 22.73. Kohli is now returning to competitive cricket with a one-off Test match on the England tour from July 1-5 and all eyes are on him. Fans hope that Kohli’s bat will score a century here.

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Many cricket experts have given their opinion about Kohli’s recent form. Now statements are coming from across the border on his form. Rashid Latif, the former captain of neighboring country Pakistan, has given a very strange statement. Latif has blamed former coach Ravi Shastri for Kohli’s poor form. Talking on his YouTube channel, Latif said that Shastri Kohli had nothing to do with coaching.

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The former Pakistani captain said, ‘It has happened because of him (Ravi Shastri). In 2019, you dropped a player like Kumble and brought in Ravi Shastri. Whether he had recognition or not, I do not know. He was a broadcaster (commentator). He had nothing to do with coaching. Barring Virat Kohli, I am sure there must have been others who would have played a role in bringing in Shastri. But now it’s backfire, isn’t it? If he (Shastri) does not become a coach, his (Kohli) form would not have dropped.

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Shastri worked closely with Kohli during his 2 stints with the national team. Shastri joined the national team in 2014 as a director, where he worked with the team for two years. Thereafter in 2017, he took over as the head coach and worked with the team for 4 years. After the end of his coaching stint, Shastri is now back in the commentary box. Shastri was one of the people who advised Kohli to take a break from cricket.

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