Ravi Shastri worked as Team India's head coach from 2017 to 2021.
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- Rashid Latif has blamed Ravi Shastri for Virat Kohli's below-par form
- Kohli has scored runs in patches since the resumption of the spot
- He struggled in IPL 2022 and only managed 341 runs
Virat Kohli's below-par form with the bat has been one of the biggest talking points for a long time now. The former India captain has scored runs in patches since the resumption of the sport and hasn't got big scores since then. The right-handed batsman has batted over 100 innings without breaching the 100-run mark.
Kohli last scored a century in November 2019. In IPL 2022, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain only managed 341 runs at an average of 22.73. Kohli will be making his comeback to competitive cricket in the one-off Test match against England and will hope to return to form in the all-important tie.
Many cricket experts have shared their take on Kohli's recent form. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif has blamed Ravi Shastri for Kohli's below-par run. Speaking on his Youtube channel, Latif said that ShastriKohli had no business in coaching.
"It is because of him (Ravi Shastri) that this has happened. In 2019, you sidelined a player like Kumble and in came Ravi Shastri. Whether he had the accreditation or not, I have no idea. He was a broadcaster. Had no business in coaching. Barring Virat Kohli, I am sure there would have been other people who played a role in getting Shastri in. But that is backfiring now, isn't it? Had he (Shastri) not become the coach, he (Kohli) wouldn’t have gone out (of form)," he said.
Shastri worked closely with Kohli during his 2 stints with the national team. In 2014, he joined the national team as the director and worked with the team for 2 years. In 2017, he took over as the head coach and worked with the side for 4 years.
Shastri is back in the commentary box after the end of his coaching stint. During the season, he was among the experts who had advised Kohli to take a break from the game.