Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Virat Kohli can step down from captaincy in other formats after the T20 International to deal with the pressure related to Kovid-19. Shastri’s tenure with the team came to an end with India’s early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 being played in the UAE. When asked about Kohli’s captaincy, Shastri said that he can drop the captaincy responsibility from other formats to manage the workload better.
Shastri said in a conversation with ‘India Today’, ‘India has been at the top for the last five years under his captaincy in Test cricket. He wouldn’t want to leave her unless he felt mentally exhausted. He may, however, step down from the captaincy to focus on batting in the near future. It won’t happen immediately, but it can happen. The same can happen with white ball cricket (in limited overs formats). He can say that now he just wants to focus on Test captaincy.
Describing Kohli as the fittest cricketer, Shastri said, “Many successful players have given up captaincy to focus on their batting. He definitely has the hunger to do well in the game, he is fitter than anyone in the team. No doubt about that. When you are physically fit, you age in the sport. In terms of captaincy, it will be his decision. But I see that he can say no to white ball cricket but in red ball cricket he should continue because he has been the best ambassador of Test cricket.
Asked about India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev’s allegations that players prefer IPL over country, Shastri said, “After the postponement of IPL in April, they (BCCI) had no choice.” I don’t think it will happen again in future. As far as Kapil is concerned, he is right about the IPL schedule as it increased the fatigue of the players.