Virat Kohli Says Ravi Shastri Being Called A Yes Man Was "Bizarre"

Aubrey Yates
November 16, 2018

And I can vouch for it because we all went through a really hard time in England in 2014. That friction largely came from Kohli's claims that Smith had misused the DRS system in the Bengaluru Test. Smith had been warned by umpires about looking toward the viewing area for advice.

"I think that's (no sledging policy) a very personal thing for them". He has been the most important factor as far as getting the best out of players.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said that he is more than happy to compete without any altercation during the upcoming tour to Australia which begins at the end of this month.

"We are all given a responsibility, and we are doing it to the best of our abilities. It's about man management which Ravi Bhai has done brilliantly for the time he has been with the team".

"There were a lot of things we sat down and discussed after England, [about] what went wrong". That's how the game of cricket goes but at the same time, in our minds, we will have to keep it competitive and not let our energies drop. "But when we don't bat well as a team, we fall down and lose and mentally it takes a toll on you".

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The resting of key all-format players such as captain Virat Kohli, injuries to allrounders Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. managing the workload of fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the search for batsmen to occupy middle-order slots have all contributed to India testing a wide pool of players.

Clarifying what Shastri brings to the table, Kohli explained on Thursday that it was his man-management skills that made a huge difference to the players including himself.

On the perception that Shastri is Kohli's "yes" man, the captain said: "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing that I have heard".

"Now being captain of the team, you have no room for anything else but to think of what the team wants all the time". We were always the ones giving it back and never starting it, so as long as it doesn't start, we have no problem in focusing on our game and do what we need to. "I don't think there has been anyone who has said no to me than him [Ravi Shastri] in Indian cricket", he added. He's one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion - if something doesn't need to be done, he'll tell you.

"These are very personal things that happen within the team environment and things that conveniently need to be put out there are put out there", Kohli said. You don't find the need for all that. We don't have too many games now.

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