Shastri defends Kohli’s captaincy decision by citing Gavaskar & Tendulkar examples


Kohli’s decision to step down as India’s T20I captain was praised by the former India all-rounder, who cited Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar as instances of how they did the same to maximize their careers.

Ravi Shastri, a former India coach, has weighed in on Virat Kohli’s captaincy and praised his decision to step aside as India’s T20I captain. Team India has benefited greatly from Shastri and Kohli cooperation, with the team playing some of its finest cricket throughout their time together. When asked about Kohli’s captaincy, Shastri said that while it’s easy to pick out weaknesses based on outcomes, what the Indian star has accomplished during his time in charge is something to be proud of.

“He was a tactically sound captain at the end of the day. Efficient. People will always assess you based on your results, or how many runs you scored rather than how you earned them. He’s grown as a player and has progressed well. Being the captain of the Indian squad is not simple. He should be pleased with himself for what he has accomplished “In an interview with The Week, Shastri stated.

Kohli announced his decision to step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup ended, and Shastri praised the 33-year-old for making the decision. The former India all-rounder agreed ‘100%’ with Kohli’s choice, citing the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar as instances of how they did the same to get the most out of their careers. “Definitely 100 percent. It’s happened to the best of them. Sunny (Gavaskar) gave up the captaincy to focus on his batting, while Sachin Tendulkar did the same to extend his career “Shastri added.

Kohli finished behind MS Dhoni as India’s second-most successful T20I captain, having led the side in 50 matches, winning 30 and losing 16. Kohli’s reign came to an end with India’s final T20 World Cup encounter against Namibia, which the Men in Blue beat handily by nine wickets to finish the tournament on a high note.

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