Virat Kohli may give up captaincy from all formats, focus on batting: Ravi Shastri
New Delhi : Former Team India coach Ravi Shastri has said that Virat Kohli may give up captaincy from all formats of the game to focus on his batting. Ravi Shastri's tenure as the coach ended after T20 World Cup. Rahul Dravid will be replacing him for the upcoming series.
Speaking to India Today, Ravi Shastri said that there are chances that Virat Kohli may give up on captaincy to manage the workload better.
"In red ball cricket, India have been number one for the last five years under his captaincy. Unless, he wants to give it up or he is mentally fatigued where he says he wants to focus on my batting which can happen in the near future.
"It wont happen immediately but it can happen. The same might happen with white ball cricket, he might say he had enough and he focuses on Test captaincy. It is his mind and body that will make that decision. He won't be the first.
"A lot of successful players have given up captaincy to focus on their batting for their side." Shastri said Kohli remains the fittest cricketer in the team by far.
"He is hungry for sure, fitter than anybody in the team. No doubt about that. When you are physically that fit, your longevity only increases. On the captaincy part of it, it will be his decision but I see if anything he might say no to white ball cricket but red ball, he should carry on because he has been the best ambassador for the Test cricket. That will make him carry on," said Shastri.
Virat Kohli had to face strong criticism over his captaincy when India were ousted in T20 World Cup.
New Zealand and Australia will face each other in the final game.