Virat Kohli would have learnt a lot as a captain from the South Africa tour, says Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri said that Virat Kohli would have learnt a lot from what has been a "tough tour" of South Africa.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: March 2, 2018 6:07 pm
virat kohli, ravi shastri, india cricket, dav whatmore Virat Kohli was in scintillating form throughout the tour. (PTI Photo)

Indian coach Ravi Shastri said that Virat Kohli would have learnt a lot as captain in the South Africa tour. “As captain he would have learnt heck of a lot because this was a tough tour, make no mistake about it,” he is quoted as saying by India Today. “I’ve been going to South Africa since 1992, you tell me one South African team which is not a strong team? And when you look at their attack now, it’s as good as any in the world specially in those conditions,” he said.

India suffered a 2-1 defeat in the Test series but they took the momentum they gained from the victory on a treachorous pitch in the last match to the ODI series. They won the ODI series 5-1, the first time ever that they have won a series in South Africa and the T20I series 2-1. Kohli was a driving force in all the wins. He was the only played to score a century in the entire Test series and scored a whopping 558 runs in the ODIs

“Virat Kohli leads from the front,” said Shastri, “He is a tough guy in the mind and that makes a huge difference because it spreads amongst his teammates as well. And we knew even after losing 2 Tests that we weren’t far behind. People might say anything, they might write anything but we give two hoots.”

India’s upturn in fortunes came in the third Test when they navigated a pitch that was almost deemed too dangerous to play on. The win was largely seen as a contradiction to the “flat track bullies” tag that is always associated with them after an away tour failure. “The captain not for one minute didn’t believe India wouldn’t win (the Johannesburg Test). That was the difference. Even at 120 for 1 he believed that India could win. Even when they came in at tea time he was very clear that “we are winning this Test match”. They (South Africa) were three down at that time. When you have that kind of self-belief, as I said it’s like a disease which spreads among the other players,” he added.

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  1. Akshay Virdikar
    Mar 4, 2018 at 5:20 am
    Virat Kohli is the greatest player of the Indian Cricket Team in every aspect.
    1. Pujan Khasnabis
      Mar 3, 2018 at 8:34 am
      The present SA team is not as good as their past teams. The greatest drawback of the present team is that majority of their players are clueless to handle quality wrist spinners. They did not tackle even our quality pace bowlers in their swinging and bouncy wicket. If Kohli was not unnecessarily aggressive like his mentor Ravi Shastri, India could even win the test series. If not, at least drew the series. With the usher of Kohli and Ravi, India almost forgotten that there is third option available in test cricket i.e., respectable draw. India now plays test cricket like limited over game.
      1. Jugaari Jack
        Mar 3, 2018 at 6:44 am
        This Ravi Shastri is a bootlicker to boot , he is an a triumphant mood , refusing to acknowledge that the south african team that the indians beat was a weak team ,the australians will beat the southafricans by a long way in both formats in the ongoing series ,which indians were unable to do .When Indians travel to australia , the indian batsmen will have a tough time against the aussie pacers . the test results will be poor for the indians and ravi shastri will again sing paens after the shorter format .
        1. T
          Mar 3, 2018 at 6:30 am
          If Shastri and Kohli had inculded either Yadav or Chahal in the test team , things could have been diffe . See how Lyon is tormenting the south africans and how Maharaj took 5 ausssie wickets on the same pitch
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