Former Australia batsman Michael Slater strongly believes that Indian Captain Virat Kohli works perfectly with Coach Ravi Shastri because both of them are strong personalities with almost similar traits.
India have also achieved some big successes in recent years & both Kohli & Shastri are given credit for the rise of team India. In 2018/2019 India beat Australia to win their first Test series. Speaking in the latest episode of chat show Cricket Connected on Star Sports Slater said, “Ravi and Virat probably challenge each other enough but there is such respect between them that it works.”
“If Ravi is nodding his head when Virat is speaking and vice versa, the rest of them even if they don’t agree would be nodding their heads,” Slater added.
“Both of them have their heart on their sleeve. I have worked with Ravi for so long in the commentary box, so I have got to know him and he was one of my great mates when we worked together. He is a big personality,” he further said.
“But obviously there are subtle differences that allows them to really work well together. But it has been a great synergy and a great relationship and I think it has helped Indian cricket’s tempo,” he added. Former Indian Pacer Ashish Nehra believes that Shastri gives opportunity to Kohli to express himself which makes the partnership between them work. “Ravi Shastri gives Virat Kohli his space, that he needs. Virat Kohli knows the type of person Ravi Shastri is and what can be extracted from him,” Nehra said on the same show.
“Ravi Shastri is a great motivator which is his strength. He gives players a lot of confidence. If you are struck in quicksand till your neck, he will ask you to push with your hands twice and you would come out. Kohli also leads from the front. Both the person have similar personalities. So there is good rapport between both of them”. He added.