Virat Kohli ready to replace MS Dhoni as India captain in limited-overs, feels Ravi Shastri

Former Indian all-rounder and Team India’s director till the very last assignment ICC World T20 2016, Ravi Shastri has been a go-to man for the BCCI in the times of crisis. Whenever the chips of Team India have been down in the recent past, Shastri had got an SOS call from the board and the tall, dashing cricketer-turned-commentator has always answered it in affirmative. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli posts emotional message for RCB fans after IPL 2016 final loss.

Ever since taking up the director’s role, Shastri has done a decent job in helping Team India improve their performance in whatever ways he can. Known for his administrative and man-management skills, this eloquent personality has also handled big players of the Indian team and their egos efficiently. He has seen the rise of Virat Kohli during his tenure. At the same time, he has also seen the waning powers of MS Dhoni. At the moment, he is one of the persons in best position to comment on Indian players and matters related to Team India. ALSO READ: Those were the best days of Ravi Shastri’s life!

So when he says that Kohli is ready to take over as the captain across formats by replacing Dhoni, the statement has some weight. Recently, while speaking to India Today TV, Shastri said: “You have to see where India is going to go in three years down the line. There are no major events in three years when you are back with the world cups. So, this is your best time to think and build. By no stretch of imagination, you are taking anything away from Dhoni. He can still contribute massively as a player. I think the time has come for Dhoni to enjoy himself and enjoy the game. End of the day, it is about how hungry Dhoni is, how passionate he is. Also, the time has come where you have a guy whom you have groomed over a period of time. Kohli is ready”. ALSO READ: Why full-time Indian captaincy never came Ravi Shastri’s way.

Shastri further added that, “India will hardly play any One-day cricket in the next 18 months and the gaps between Tests and ODIs are massive. So, here’s your time to look ahead and see what you can  do with an Indian side all round three years down the line. If I am the chairman of selectors, I would be thinking in that fashion. No question about that. Virat is ready to lead in all formats. It’s a hard decision, it is a catch 22 but like I said, I would be thinking from now on. The game has to evolve, hard decisions have to be taken but such is life. And nothing wrong in that, it is in the interest of Indian cricket. Down the line if you think Dhoni is still the best captain, keep him as captain. But the issue here is the breaks and do you have a guy ready. So, my answer is you have a guy ready”.

Shastri hailed the Australian way of dealing with leadership issue by saying, “Australia have set great templates over the years. Mark Taylor still had two-three years of captaincy left but they made Steve Waugh the captain. When Waugh came down to the finishing line, two years left, came Ricky Ponting. People thought Ponting will carry on but then Michael Clarke. Even Clarke had to give way to Steve Smith”. He signed off by saying he is ready to continue as the director of Indian team if the board deems it fit.