Rahul Dravid is not like Ravi Shastri : Sanjay Manjrekar

The Indian think tank has been changed entirely. We all know the gel and bond of coach Ravi Shastri with Virat Kohli. It was in fact Virat Kohli who pushed for Ravi Shastri as a coach for the team after the ‘untenable relations’ between former coach Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli. Did the departure of Ravi Shastri influenced Kohli to quit as the test captain? Yes, according to Sanjay Manjrekar.

Speaking to CNN-news18, Manjrekar commented that Kohli had a few more years of captaincy but did not believe that Kohli retired early.

“He has captained actually over a long period of time. Indian Cricket has had people quitting captaincy, Rahul Dravid for e.g. quit a bit too early, Tendulkar quit a little early. Virat had a long run all three format.”

“I think he had a couple of years especially in Test matches where I thought his spirit on the field was very important.”

We all knew the circumstances under which Anil Kumble had no other option than to resign. There were reports that Kumble emphasized a lot of hard-working environment and discipline, something which did not gel along with the Indian team at that time which is why Kohli requested BCCI to bring in the likes of Ravi Shastri who shares a similar mindset with him.

“Virat Kohli sensed that the landscape and scenario around him in Indian cricket has changed. He is one of the leaders who wants everything going for him around him.”

“If you remember, Virat Kohli’s captaincy stint started with Anil Kumble. We all know Anil Kumble is a very hard-nosed personality. The way he played his cricket gives us an insight into how he thinks.”

“Rahul Dravid is a bit of Anil Kumble. He is certainly not like Ravi Shastri. The fact that the one-day captaincy was taken away from him shows that the new BCCI new regime that’s in place wasn’t going to give him unconditional support.”

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