Virat Kohli is not chasing anybody; he is the benchmark: Ravi Shastri
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been ruling the cricket world with his phenomenal batting in recent years. Ask the team’s head coach Ravi Shastri and he looks completely in awe of the charismatic captain.
On India Today Inspiration, Shastri spoke at length on how much he admires Kohli, terming him the ‘ultimate statesman’ of the sport at the moment.
“There’s no cricketer in the world who comes close to him when you put the three together (Virat Kohli as a batsman, captain, and ambassador). He is the ultimate statesman at the moment. He is a great ambassador for the sport.
“When you go and ask the kids around the world who would they like to watch, the majority of them will say Virat Kohli. If I were a kid, I would want to watch him. He plays within the rules, he plays it hard and tough. He is in your face. He is the quintessential professional when it comes to work ethics. He is a role model for every young kid – not to mention the players who play with him,” Shastri told India Today Consulting Editor Sports Boria Majumdar.
When asked what motivates Kohli to keep performing so consistently at the top level, Shastri said that the captain doesn’t need any benchmarks as he himself is one.
“He will carry on. He will only get better and better. He is not chasing anybody, he is chasing himself. He is the benchmark. He sets the benchmark. It happened with Tendulkar. When Sachin used to play, I used to tell him, ‘you’re the only guy who has got more hundreds that your age’. Not easy!
“Same with Virat. He is only chasing himself. He doesn’t want to emulate anyone. ‘Be Virat Kohli’. That’s what we will tell him. We should all enjoy this period with him at the helm,” concluded Shastri.
Shastri and Kohli will be in action during the upcoming 3-ODI series vs West Indies, starting on December 15 in Chennai. The hosts have already won the recent T20I series 2-1.