“Seeing Kohli captain once more would be wonderful” – Ravi Shastri

Former India Head Coach Ravi Shastri has discussed Virat Kohli's current outlook and his captaincy in an interview
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06: India captain Virat Kohli during the post match presentations after winning the Fourth LV= Insurance Test Match between England and India at The Kia Oval on September 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

(Cricket news) Arshdeep Singh, a young player with the potential to play in all formats of the game, was also discussed by Shastri. Continue reading for additional takeaways from the interview.

In an exclusive interview with ESPNCricinfo, former India head coach Ravi Shastri discussed how Virat Kohli is feeling right now and he said, As opposed to last year when we were sitting in discussing does he need a break, does he not need a break, you know he seemed to have the burden of the whole world on his shoulders. Now, refreshing. You know, you feel that enthusiasm, that passion for the game, that energy and enjoyment has come back which for me was the best thing to see. See, runs you might get or you might not get but when you have that sense when you see someone that the passion, the enjoyment and the drive is back again is good, specially a player of his quality.”

In response to the question of whether he would have preferred Virat Kohli to lead the team during the fifth Test of the England-India series, where Jasprit Bumrah took over as captain for the injured Rohit Sharma, Ravi Shastri said, “I thought he would. Once Rohit was injured, I thought he would be asked, if I was still there. I’m sure Rahul (Dravid) might have done the same thing. I don’t know. I’ve not spoken to him. I would have recommended to the board that it’s only fair that he leads because he’s part of the team that’s leading 2-1 in the series and could have got the best out of the players.”

Shastri said when asked if Kohli would have objected to heading the team, Not at all, it’s about leading your country and these are circumstances where you got to put your best foot forward. Your regular captain is injured is he’s not part of the team. So seeing what’s at stake, you know beating England in England, 2-1 up. I mean how many teams can beat England and Australia in the same year.”

Shastri also expressed his admiration for Arshdeep Singh, saying “To be honest the more I see him, I felt that he can play all formats for India. Though I have not seen much of him in red ball format. But the way Arshdeep is improving and running in, he is gaining confidence. I think he will become a little stronger than I saw him last year resulting in very good performance.”

Shastri continued by saying that he can watch Arshdeep play in lengthier game types as well and added, “Yes, there is room for improvement and I think when you see injuries are taking place to some of the other players, Arshdeep is someone should be kept in the mix and should be given that opportunity and given that encouragement to play. I am sure he can bowl 10 overs, he is still young and I am talking about the red ball format as well.”

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