The duo share a very strong bond over the years that everyone started in 2014, as Kohli mentioned during Shastri’s new book launch event.
The two personalities have been equally well criticized and praised in the public domain for their important decisions, and together they have achieved many achievements for the Indian team. For the first time, India won a Test series on Australian soil in 2018/19.
I have met Ravi Shastri many times because he was the most prominent voice in World Cricket: Virat Kohli
Kohli said Shastri’s experience with the team is invaluable and he recalls the example of Shastri, who was the director of the team in 2014, and gave them a pep talk. Later in 2017, when Kohli fell with then-head coach Anil Kumble, Shastri replaced the former leg spinner after the latter resigned.
“His experiences were invaluable to us, and they will continue to be so. I will say a few words about our working relationship, our bond through the years. I started him in 2014, and I met him many times because he was the most important voice in cricket from India and worldwide. We are always looking forward to his commenting skills. We actually started working together then, ”Kohli said during the book launch.
‘I remember he held a pep talk for the first time in 2014. We were a bit down as a team and things did not happen well, and he was brought in, he was brought in for the second time to put things right.
‘In his first speech he gave, the first word he said was’ boys’ in the voice that only he could generate. And I clearly remember sitting down and my body was shaking, because I have never heard anyone speak so clearly and with so much determination and positivity, “Kohli added.
All I can say is that our working relationship is built on trust and mutual respect: Virat Kohli on Ravi Shastri
The Indian team is currently playing against England in a five-match Test series, which ended in a 1-1 draw and the Kohli-Shastri duo are aiming to win their first Test series in England since 2007. Kohli said their vision is to take Indian cricket to the highest point, and they were supported by the whole team to make the dream come true.
‘All I can say is that our working relationship is built on trust and mutual respect, on a shared vision. The only focus is to take Indian cricket higher and better. We both, together with the brilliance of the whole team and the talent we were blessed with, I think we were able to achieve, and that is something we are proud of, ”Kohli concluded.
Shastri’s second term as head coach of India is likely to end after the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and it looks like he is unsure to extend his term by another year.