"In red-ball cricket, India has been the number 1 team for the last five years under his captaincy" - Ravi Shastri
The outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri has shared a lot of things in an interview with India Today. He stated that Virat Kohli might leave the One-day captaincy in the upcoming days to get full focus concentrate on the red-ball cricket.
When being asked if Virat Kohli might leave the leadership across all three formats, the former head coach of Team India feels that he can lead the Test side till he wants.
"In red-ball cricket, India has been the number 1 team for the last five years under his captaincy. So, unless he wants to give it up or he is mentally fatigued, which can happen in the near future, it won't happen immediately. The same might happen with ODI cricket, he might say I want to focus on Test captaincy. It's his mind and body that will make the decision," Ravi Shastri said.
"A sportsman's ability to ignore all that is what will make him play longer" - Ravi Shastri
After Virat Kohli handed over the leadership to Rohit Sharma, some of the other sources also states that he might leave the captaincy from ODI's as well. However, his records as an Indian captain will be remembered for years and would be understated by anyone.
Under his leadership, India topped the Test rankings which includes two-Test series wins on Australian soil. Ravi Shastri also added a few things that how Virat Kohli learned to ignore the unwanted things from social media and from other sources as well.
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"He deserves his due as a captain, what he has achieved is unreal. What he has got used to is that there will be things written which is just there to stir the pot. A sportsman's ability to ignore all that is what will make him play longer than he thinks. Ignorance is bliss. If he follows that and I think he is doing it, then he will not have a problem to play for another 6-7 years. Planted crap will always be there," Shastri added.
"No question about that (Kohli is an all-time great). Not many become great players in their lifetime and he became one three years ago. He is enjoying the success. If his body and mind get a break at some stage it will be very good," signed off.