Virat Kohli is yet to hit the peak, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgRavi Shastri, who closely watched Virat Kohli during his 18-month stint as team director, feels the Indian Test captain is yet to hit the peak.”An international batsman’s peak time is between 28 and 32 and he is just going up. He will achieve much more as the peak is yet to come,” Shastri said. (Virat Kohli inspiring and very well brought up: Mr Nags)The former India captain refused to join the debate on whether Kohli should be made the captain in limited-overs cricket too.”Eventually, he will captain India across all formats. He is only 27 now so he has plenty of time,” he said. (Full IPL Coverage)’KOHLI’S TEST TONS DOWN UNDER UNBEATABLE’He has seen Kohli evolve as India’s premier batsman during his tenure as director of India and for Shastri, the four centuries in Australia will remain a pinnacle of glory for the immensely talented batsman.”Four centuries in four Tests in Australia. You can’t beat that. He has been brilliant in IPL. Four centuries and nearly 1000 runs in IPL is fantastic but nothing can beat four Test hundreds Down Under,” Shastri said.MOST MEMORABLE PHASEShastri considers his time spent with Indian cricket team “most cherished and memorable phase” of his life.”I have no doubt in my mind that these are the best 18 months that I have spent during my association with Indian cricket as a player and then as a Team Director. It has been the most memorable phase of my life if I just look back at what we achieved as a team during this phase. Credit to the boys for making it special,” Shastri told PTI when asked about his stint with the Indian team.advertisementAsked if he would apply for the chief coach’s post for which BCCI will be advertising, Shastri gave a typical tongue-in-cheek reply.”I will only apply for accreditation of the IPL final,” Shastri quipped.FOND MEMORIESShastri took over as the Team Director after India’s 1-3 Test series defeat against England in August 2014 and was there till the end of ICC World T20, earlier this year.”Yes, I have had success as a player. I fondly remember 1985 World Championship of Cricket, 1983 World Cup and proud of those but this phase as the Team Director was special. Look at some of the performances during this phase.”We beat England in England in ODIs. (For the) first time a team whitewashed Australia in any format (3-0 in T20s) Down Under, winning a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years, beating South Africa in a Test series at home after a decade.”When you take over, you set the bar high but you do not know as to what all you can achieve,” Shastri said.NO COMPARISONS, PLEASESo what has been the most special out of these bilateral series wins? Is it the Sri Lanka Test series or the 3-0 T20 series win in Australia?, Shastri said: “That’s for you people to decide as I would not like to get into comparisons.”Asked if he spoke to the BCCI officials and gave the roadmap ahead for this young Indian team, Shastri gave a very open-ended reply: “I have spoken to them long back. I have given them my feedback. Beyond that, I won’t say anything.”TALENTED CROP OF PLAYERSAsked who have been the most improved players during his tenure with the Indian team, Shastri said: “I believe all of them made improvements but Ajinkya (Rahane), Shikhar (Dhawan) and (Ravi) Ashwin are the three names that I can tell you.”(With PTI inputs)last_img