Virat Kohli is like beast on field, he wants to compete, says Ravi Shastri;

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Virat Kohli is like beast on field, he wants to compete, says Ravi Shastri;

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has termed Virat Kohli a “beast” on the field. But when he is not playing the game, he is the total opposite.

Kohli stepped down as Test captain after India lost the Test series against South Africa. Shastri said Kohli’s current difficulty is to retain the same level of enthusiasm while he is playing as a player rather than as the captain of Team India.

“Virat is like a beast on the field. He is a terrier. Once he enters the ground, he wants to compete and is not worried about anybody. He is in-your-face and passionate. Off the field, he is totally opposite,” Shastri told Shoaib Akhtar on the former Pakistan pacer’s YouTube channel.

“Absolutely calm, chilled… there is no issue with him. He is 33. He has been contributing as a captain. The challenge comes when you are not captain after a span of time.”

“Then to still have the energy to play as a player, get runs, and help India win. If he does that, he would have completed a full circle,” he added.

India white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma has passed his fitness test and will be available to lead the team in the upcoming series against the West Indies.
Shastri also mentioned how Rohit has improved his game in recent years.

“Now, Rohit is laid back. It was sometimes that you got the feeling that the game came too easy to him, till he realised that ‘God has given me this gift and now let me also work harder and make the most of it’. And when in full flow, there are few batters who play like him,” said Shastri.

From February 6, India will face the West Indies in a series. Three ODIs will be played in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, while three T20Is will be held at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.

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