Ravi Shastri posted an old photo of him and Virat Kohli on Twitter
Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri reacted on Saturday to Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as captain of the Indian test team. Shastri posted on Twitter a photo of him with Kohli from the days when the duo was at the helm of the Indian men’s cricket team’s affairs. In his post, Shastri wrote that it is a “sad day” for him. Shastri’s stint as head coach came to an end after the climax of India’s campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup last November. Kohli steps down as the most successful Indian Test captain ever with 40 wins to his name, the latest being in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion.
“Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as captain. Definitely the most aggressive and successful in India. A sad day for me personally as this is the team we have built together – @imVkohli,: wrote Shastri in his tweet.
Virat, you can go with your head held high. Few have achieved what you have as a captain. Definitely India’s most aggressive and successful. Sad day for me personally as this is the team we built together – @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/lQC3LvekOf
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 15, 2022
Kohli and Shastri’s association in Test cricket dates back to when Kohli was appointed full-time captain in longest form in 2015. At the time, Shastri was in his position as team director. India won a series in Sri Lanka, then defeated the world’s number 1 Test team South Africa 3-0 at home.
Shastri’s tenure as team director ended after that, but Kohli continued his dream career as captain in Test cricket with extensive home series wins against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Shatri was brought back as the team’s head coach in July 2017. He and Kohli then teamed up to continue the winning run at home and also won two historic test series in Australia.
However, the duo faced setbacks against South Africa and England away from home in 2018 and against New Zealand in 2020. Shastri and Kohli’s desire to win an ICC trophy together was met with a major shock when India lost in the half. final of the 2019 ICC World Cup and the final of the ICC World Test Championship last year.
Their partnership ended with India’s dismal campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup.
Kohli and Shastri, however, were in charge of the team leading 2-1 in an away game against England, the final game of which is to be played later this year.
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