After an "unsustainable" relationship that led to the resignation of Anil Kumble as head coach, Virat Kohli says he has been working with a coach who has said "no" more than anyone in Indian cricket.
A clearer picture, Kohli was asked before the team's departure to Australia if Ravi Shastri simply said "yes" to everything Kohli said. The captain responded by saying it was "the strangest thing" he had heard.
"About saying yes, all the time, that's the strangest thing I've heard," said Kohli. "I do not think there's anyone who has told me no more than him in Indian cricket, honestly, because he's a guy I can talk to and get an honest opinion and he'll tell me something, if it's not necessary, to do it, I have made more changes in my game by listening to it than anyone else in the past.
"These are very personal things that happen in the team environment and things that have to be conveniently placed, and we are not going to take a banner and say "no, this is what happens in the Indian team". As long as our heart is clear and our intention is correct, we just want to keep moving forward. "
Reports and a public image of Shastri and Kohli that hardly differ in anything took shape after the appointment of Shastri as head coach in July of the year At that time, Kumble said that the BCCI informed him that "the captain had reservations with my style and about my continuation as head coach." Shastri had been the team's director just before Kumble was appointed in 2016, despite Shastri also requested
Shortly after Shastri took over as coach in 2017, he first made it clear that the captain would be the boss.Since then, Kohli and Shastri have shared a harmonious relationship, or at least that's what It seems.
When asked what exactly Shastri brought "to the table strategically or motivated" as a coach, Kohli jumped to his defense, saying he had pulled out to many helmet players when they were in bad shape.
"The contributi" Since we started building this team, the team has made people believe that they belong to this level, "said Kohli." I can attest to that because at a time when we all passed for a moment really hard in England in 2014 … so that I can get out of that shell [and] many other players, like Shikhar [Dhawan] in In the 2015 World Cup, he can also answer for that … you know, to get the best of the players, I think it has been the most important factor.
"Man management is the most important thing at the level we play in. I think a lot of people think that we do not understand what should be done and that someone literally needs to know where the bat comes from, where the head should be I think we have already learned enough, it is the personnel management that Ravi bhai has done brilliantly during the time he has been with the team.
"About the other factors, look, Everyone has their Opinion about things, and they are absolutely free and have the right to express their opinion, but we can not stop living life, we can not stop doing the things that we consider organic. Nothing is done here, nothing is created or happens in a false way. Each person has a different personality, if someone's personality does not fall into the comfort zone of another person, then that becomes a problem.
"We're definitely not out there wanting to judge anyone, the only criterion for all of us is This lot and that's what we're working for, because he'll finish one day, I'll finish playing one day, but cricket stays here and cricket Indian is staying here, we are only contributing to that and nobody is here wanting to dominate anything or get any of this.
"We all have a responsibility and we are doing it in the best possible way. The only reason is forward with Indian cricket. And if someone can say the opposite about the progress of the team, that is a very personal point of view because we all feel that we are moving in the right direction as a team. "