Ravi Shastri believes Virat Kohli gives no chance of excuses

Virat Kohli had a great year with the bat in all three formats.

Virat Kohli with Ravi Shastri | GETTY

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is trying to keep himself one step ahead of everyone to leave no stone unturned for success. He not only focuses on his batting and captaincy, the 29-year-old has set a different standard in fielding too. 

2017 was a memorable year for Virat and with 2818 international runs, 11 hundred across formats, he proved his strength and warned every nation for what's coming for them. 

India coach Ravi Shastri, who has witnessed all this from close talked about his success.

"The great thing about Virat is his work ethic, his realization of what kind of player he can become and what he it takes to become that player. So the emphasis on fitness, the sacrifices that he has to put through," Shastri told India Today's Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview.

In this year, Indian skipper surpassed Ricky Ponting in the list of most century makers in ODIs. He has 32 hundreds in ODIs and the most double centuries as a Test captain (6). 

"A lot of things he wants to do as a 29-year-old. And it has become part of his lifestyle.

"What happens is, that when you have a captain in that frame of mind, wanting to achieve things others can only dream of. Then it rubs off on other players. Others want to emulate him. He wants to raise the bar for himself and he doesn't want any room for excuses," Shastri added.


By Sihyeu Singh - 26 Dec, 2017

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