Before the start of the T20 World cup, nobody would have thought that Virat Kohli will not be captaining India in any format after five months. But such is the case now that Kohli has gone from a dominant powerful authority in the Indian dressing room to a player now who can no longer make the shots like earlier.
Speaking on the Shoiab Akhtar Youtube channel, Ravi Shastri said that captaincy took its toll on Kohli. Shashtri explained that being captain in all three formats does not allow you a respite which is why probably why Kohli took the decision to quit the T20 captaincy. While relinquishing the T20 captaincy, Kohli, however, expressed a desire to lead the side in the ODI and Test format. But now in January 2021, Kohli now stands as a player who can contribute with his batting and suggestions.
“I think he did the right thing by quitting white ball cricket captaincy” said Shastri.
Shastri however admitted that Kohli was perfect to lead the test side and his resignation after the SA test series loss came as a ‘surprise’ to him.
“When it came to test cricket (captaincy resignation), I was a little surprised because we were the no.1 test team for five years. And after losing just one series, it doesn’t mean that you have to quit the test captaincy. But at the end of the day, I always respect the cricketer’s judgement.” said Shastri while speaking to Shoaib Akhtar
Kohli was awarded the Test captaincy when Dhoni retired from it back in the 2014-15 Australian tour. Since then, the former captain won 40 test matches out of 68, a winning percentage of nearly 59.
If we talk about the leadership group in the Indian team, there is no doubt that Kohli will always be a part of it apart from the obvious Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul, and now Dravid. The Indian team will now be facing the West Indies team in home condition. The series will start on the 6th of February.