"I see myself in Virat Kohli," says India's chief coach Ravi Shastri

Shastri also spoke about Virat and MS Dhoni's bonding.

Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri | GETTY

India's head coach Ravi Shastri sees himself in Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He relates the aggression of Virat with himself during his playing days.

Shastri, after receiving the 'Maharashtracha Abhiman ' award during the 'Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards 2018', said he had a similar mindset. 

"I do (see a lot of myself in Virat). Our mindsets are pretty similar, we are pretty aggressive, and we like to compete. And when someone has a mindset and the work ethic like Virat's, it is bound to rub off on the other players of the team, and that's is why India is having a great run at the moment," he said. 

Talking about another Indian great, MS Dhoni, Shastri called him a legend. Shastri also spoke about the mutual respect that Virat and Dhoni have for each other.

"MS is a legend and he can remain unfazed in any situation. Whether he gets out for zero or scores a hundred, whether he wins the World Cup with a six, he is the same. There is a lot of mutual respect that Virat and Dhoni share. Their relation is fantastic and whatever you read in the media might not be true," Shastri said.

"Virat will go to him (Dhoni) seeking his advise, that communication is tremendous from the team point of view," added Shastri.

The former India captain backs Indian team for sledging but within limits. 

"I have no issues with that (sledging). Absolutely no issues on that. If someone tells me something, he says one, I am going to tell the boys to give them three. One word (and) you give three back, you can do it in a nice way, (where) you don't cross the line, but you don't give an inch," he concluded.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 11 Apr, 2018

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