With Ravi Shastri stepping down as Team India head coach and Virat Kohli relinquishing the T20I captaincy, cricket legend Kapil Dev has decided to give his verdict on the duo’s partnership. The Kohli-Shastri era began in 2017 and since then, the national team has made many achievements. In their greatest achievement, the duo led India to a win at the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 against Australia. It was also India’s first win over the Aussies on their own backyard. Despite many milestones, India was unable to win any ICC titles during the Shastri-Kohli period. In an interview with No cutDev also pointed out the same thing, saying that the duo did a “sublime job” but lacked the “big thing”.
“I think both did a great job. I understand that they couldn’t win India a major title but if we look at the last 5 years, since Kohli took over, there’s nothing short of it. . The biggest thing missing is an ICC trophy. Also, India won against Australia, England,” he said.
“Wherever they traveled, they beat the other team,” he continued.
The 1983 World Cup-winning captain also explained that reaching the knockout round in a World Cup was “too big” but the blue team always faltered in the T20 World Cup.
“Getting into the knockout stages of the World Cup is also a big deal. I think after the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies where they failed, this time the T20 World Cup is where India feels very disappointed. they get into the top four and then lose, that’s understandable. But if you don’t make the top four, there will be criticism,” he said.
Finally, giving his verdict on Shastri and Kohli’s partnership, the 62-year-old praised their brand of cricket. “If you look at it from a trophy standpoint, it’s a whole different thing,” he said.
“But if you look at their cricket, the brand they’ve played in for the last 5 years, I’d give them 90% out of 100, and deduct 10% if they don’t win the ICC trophy,” he concluded.
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