Ravi Shastri: Virat Kohli leaving RCB captaincy is good in a way

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The old colour of Virat Kohli’s bat is no longer visible. Kohli’s old rhythm will be hoped for by Indian fans in the 15th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022), which begins on March 26. Kohli has stepped down as captain of the team, and he is no longer under any pressure. Kohli stepped down as Bangalore’s captain last year. In his place, Faf du Plessis has been given command. Kohli, on the other hand, will continue to be the team’s main batsman.

Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of the Indian team, has stated that it is beneficial to the team in some ways. Kohli, he added, now has the freedom to play as he pleases. During Shastri’s tenure, Kohli was in charge of the Indian team for the majority of the time. Kohli and his game are well-known to him.

‘To be honest, I think it is good in a way to leave Kohli’s captaincy,’ Shastri said in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo. The weight of captaincy has been lifted from his shoulders. The pressures that come with being a captain have dissipated. He has unrestricted access to the field. He has the ability to express himself. And I believe he now wishes to do the same.’

‘I think the most important thing is that he doesn’t have to think too much about his personal performance,’ Shastri added. People are aware of Kohli’s position in world cricket because of his accomplishments. Now is the time for them to get on the field and enjoy the game. This, in my opinion, is the most important factor. Now it’s just a mental game. It’s just a matter of persuading myself that I want to be able to freely play there. I’d like to say something. And I want to have a good time.’

Since 2013, Virat Kohli has led Royal Challengers Bangalore as captain. Last year, he stepped down as captain of the team. The team reached the 2016 final under his captaincy, but the trophy has remained out of their grasp. On March 27, the Bangalore franchise will play Punjab Kings in its first match.

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