One is a beast, the other is a laidback – Ravi Shastri digs on Virat and Rohit￼
The Former Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri talks about Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as the main pillars of team India and also that it would be interesting to see how Kohli shifts his energy to put all his effort as a player and not as a captain of India.
The Former Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri talks about the main pillars of team India; Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as ‘Beast’ and ‘Laidback’ and also that it would be interesting to see how Kohli shifts his energy to put all his effort as a player and not as a captain of India.
Talking about Kohli, Shastri added that Kohli is a beast on the field but opposite when he is not playing the game.
Virat Kohli had recently stepped down from the Test captaincy after suffering a 2-1 loss to South Africa at their home before giving up the T20I and ODI captaincy right after the T20 World Cup at UAE.
The former Head Coach said that it would be a challenge to see how Virat Kohli changes his energy while playing as a player for India but not as a captain.
“Virat is like a beast on the field. He is a terrier. Once he enters the ground, he wants to compete and is not worried about anybody. He is in-your-face and passionate. Off the field, he is totally opposite,”Shastri told Shoaib Akhtar on the former Pakistan pacer’s YouTube channel.
“Absolutely calm, chilled… there is no issue with him. He is 33. He has been contributing as a captain. The challenge comes when you are not captain after a span of time.”
“Then to still have the energy to play as a player, get runs, and help India win. If he does that, he would have completed a full circle,”he added.
The new white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma has made himself fit to return as a skipper for the West Indies series for the first time.
Shastri also talked about the fact how Rohit Sharma has evolved his game in the past couple of years.
“Now, Rohit is laid back. It was sometimes that you got the feeling that the game came too easy to him, till he realized that ‘God has given me this gift and now let me also work harder and make the most of it. And when in full flow, there are few batters who play like him,”said Shastri.
India will is now all set to lock horns with the West Indies series from February 6. The three ODIs will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad and three T20Is will be held at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.