Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has said Virat Kohli may step down as captain in other formats after doing so in the T20 version to deal with the intense pressure associated with work, especially in the days of COVID.
Shastri’s tenure with the Indian team ended with an early exit from the T20 World Cup.
Kohli, who rested for the T20 series and a test against New Zealand to recover from COVID-era bubble fatigue, gave up the harbor master’s office in the shorter format after the flagship event.
Speaking to India Today, Shastri was asked about Kohli ditching the captain position in other formats to better manage his workload.
“In red ball cricket, India has been number one for the past five years under his captaincy. Unless he wants to give it up or is mentally tired when he says he wants to go. focus on my hitter, which may happen in the near future.
“It won’t happen immediately but it can happen. The same could happen with white ball cricket, he could say he’s had enough and he is focusing on the position of test captain. That’s his mind. and his body who will make this decision, he will not be the first.
“A lot of successful players have left the captain position to focus on hitting for their team.”
Shastri said Kohli remains by far the fittest cricketer on the team.
“He’s definitely hungry, fitter than anyone on the team. No doubt about it. When you’re physically fit your longevity only increases. As for the captain, that will be his. decision but I see if he could say no to white ball cricket but to red ball he should continue because he has been the best ambassador in trial cricket. That will keep him going, “said Shastri.
Shastri also predicts that many of the squad’s players, including Kohli, will take long breaks to recover from bubble fatigue.
He also spoke about the relevance of the divided captaincy during the COVID era.
“Mostly, at times like this it will reduce the pressure on the individual. A lot of players will take breaks. I anticipate a lot of games want breaks and rightly so. You have to log out of the game every now and then. “
Shastri reiterated that playing the World Cup right after the IPL was not ideal for the team, but did not want to blame BCCI as the rescheduling happened due to COVID-19.
“I won’t say that, but because the IPL was canceled in April, they had no choice. But I don’t think it will happen again in the future. Kapil is right on the planning part because it is. will have adverse consequences, ”he said. when asked to comment on Kapil Dev’s statement on which players prioritize IPL at home.
“It’s not just the BCCI, every board needs to pay attention to the lineup. Remember, we play more cricket than any other team in the world, if you add the IPL.”
New Zealand and Australia will meet in the final on Sunday.
“The teams that are in the final on Sunday, they have barely played in the last 6 months and you can see the difference. They have played enough to stay sharp but they have enough rest, sometimes forced too,” said Shastri.
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