‘Most of them are agenda driven’: Virat Kohli hits out at critics of Ravi Shashtri
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday hit back at coach Ravi Shastri’s critic and termed his relentless trolling as ‘agenda driven’ and said that the India coach is least affected by perception that he is the captain's yes man.
In an interview to India Today, Kohli said that the Indian coach has proved himself as a player in past and now he is not bothered about someone sitting at home and trolling him.
“I think most of these things are agenda driven and I don't know whose, why, what for, but to accept lies in that manner, it couldn't be anything but agenda driven,” Kohli told India Today on its special show ‘Inspiration’.
He pointed out the fact that Shastri -- who started as a left arm spinner -- went on to open the innings for India and also won the famous 'Champion of the Champions' Award in the 1985 World Series Cricket.
“(Promoted from) number 10 to opener and got an average of 41 as an opener, he is not going to be bothered about someone sitting at home and trolling him, because if you want to troll a guy who has done that, then get up, face those bowlers, do what he has done, have the clarity to do it, have the courage to do it, then have a debate with that guy,” Kohli said.
“He is absolutely chilled out, he says our only focus is how we can be the best team of all time. I think these petty things on the outside, they don't matter at all to him,” he said.
The Indian skipper also spoke about the Indian fast bowling unit and said that there is always bonhomie among his fast bowlers, not an iota of insecurity despite all the successes and the intense competition.
“There is no jealousy at all and that is their biggest strength, they don't care whether Shami is at 7 now or Jassi is at whatever ranking he is or Ishant,” he said.
“I think full credit has to go to them to these guys that they have been able to create this aura around them because of that friendship that belief and the intent being in the right place,” he added.
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