Ravi Shastri (above) is confident of Virat Kohli managing it well on absence of experienced MS Dhoni, Down Under © IANS
Ravi Shastri (above) is confident of Virat Kohli managing it well on absence of experienced MS Dhoni, Down Under © IANS

Nov 21, 2014

Ravi Shastri, India’s Director of Cricket, has said that Virat Kohli‘s lack of leadership experience in Test cricket is not a problem ahead of the tour to Australia. With MS Dhoni injured, Kohli is set to lead India in the first Test in Brisbane on December 4. In fact, Shastri went on to say that Kohli will lead well.

Speaking to the media before the team’s departure for Australia, Shastri told the media, “Well you have no choice. MS has hardly missed a match in the last few years. It is important he gives himself time to come back. We got to go out there with what we have. Virat may be captaining in his first Test, but you will feel as if there is someone who has captained in 25 Tests”

Kohli said that going abroad should not play on a cricketer’s mind. He said, “When we go out, as a cricketer we may give it too much importance. Mentally, you have to visualise how you play which bowler and have the confidence rather than going into the technique. That is when you start doubting your technique. I take a tour as a challenge. Ravi bhai is respected at a different level. When youngsters listen to him, there is a huge positive impact. He speaks logically and that clarity is important.”

When asked about India carrying a huge squad, Kohli said, “It is not about having more options. You need to back a certain eleven or combination for them to feel confident. Where it helps is, the players who are sitting out, can prepare in those conditions. Someone who has to step in, he knows the conditions and culture. The guy flying to Australia from home will not know what we have been planning.”