"He had no business becoming coach, it has backfired" - Ex-Pakistan skipper accuses Ravi Shastri for Virat Kohli's batting struggles
The form of the former Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, has become the talking point in the cricketing world. It's been almost three years since a veteran has gone past the three-figure mark across the format. He also played over 100 games during this time period and had multiple fifties but couldn't convert them into a big one.
Virat took a break after the IPL and now he has joined the team for the upcoming England tour, so all eyes will be on him. Earlier, former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri stated that Virat should take a break to freshen him up, which would be good for his game.
In a discussion during the IPL on Star Sports, Shastri claimed that non-stop cricket has affected his game and a break will be suitable for him. Although the former Indian skipper also said in this regard that many people suggested he take a break, Ravi Bhai (Ravi Shastri), who is very close, has said it and there is nothing wrong with it.
The 33-year-old also said that it is important for him to maintain a balance between all these things and that he would discuss it with the management and Rahul Bhai (Rahul Dravid) in this regard.
But now former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif has also shared his own views over Kohli's form and he has blamed Ravi Shastri for this. In a discussion on a YouTube show called "Caught Behind," Latif said that it is because of him (Ravi Shastri) that this happened to Kohli.
He also went on to say that if he had not been the coach of India, then Kohli wouldn't have struggled. The former Pakistani skipper highlighted that Anil Kumble should have stayed as the head coach but doesn't know why he stepped down in 2017.
Rashid concluded, "Ravi Shastri came in his place. Whether he had the ability or not, I don't know. He was a broadcaster. He had no business becoming coach, absolutely no business. There were others (apart from Virat Kohli) who brought Ravi Shastri in. It is backfiring. In fact, it has backfired."
Notably, Shastri took charge as the head coach after the controversial exit of Anil Kumble in 2017, and he worked till the 2021 T20I World Cup.