‘Ravi Shastri responsible for Virat’s poor form…’ strange words of Pakistani cricketer

New Delhi. Former Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Rashid Latif has made a very strange claim. He believes that the reason for Virat Kohli’s poor form was Ravi Shastri’s appointment as India’s coach. Latif said that Shastri was the head coach of the Indian team from 2017 to 2021, when he had no job of coaching the Indian team. Latif even said that if Shastri had not become the head coach of the Indian team, then Kohli would not have been out of form.

Virat Kohli has not scored a century for more than 2 years. He could not contribute much with the bat even in the last season of IPL (IPL-2022). He has failed to register a century in any format since November 2019. Then he scored the 70th international century of his career in a Test match against Bangladesh.

Latif said on the YouTube channel ‘Caught Behind’, ‘All this (Virat not being in form) has happened because of Ravi Shastri. You sidelined a legend like Anil Kumble and Ravi Shastri came to take over as the coach. I don’t know whether he had coaching accreditation or not.

Latif further said that apart from Kohli, there must have been other people who would have played an important role in bringing Shastri into the team. Shastri took over the coaching responsibility from Anil Kumble in 2017. He said, ‘He was a TV presenter. He had no experience of coaching. Barring Virat Kohli, I am sure there will be more people who would have played a role in bringing in Shastri but now it is backfired, isn’t it? Had he not become the coach, he (Kohli) would not have been out of form.

Shastri was previously a team director, appointed as the coach by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). This committee included veteran Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. After the ODI World Cup in 2019, Shastri was reappointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) as India’s coach until the 2021 T20 World Cup. After Shastri’s departure, Rahul Dravid took over as the head coach.

Latif played 37 Test matches and 166 ODIs for Pakistan from 1992 to 2003. He scored 1381 runs in Tests and 1,709 runs in ODIs. He also took a total of 301 catches and 49 stumpings in both the formats.

Tags: Indian cricket, Pakistan cricket, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli

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