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Kohli, Shastri challenge each other but there is respect between them: Michael Slater
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Former Australia cricketer Michael Slater showered praises on his ‘great mate’ Ravi Shastri for changing the tempo of Indian cricket with his partnership with Virat Kohli.
The Indian team has been a dominant force in all three formats of the game under Virat Kohli's captaincy. While Kohli is a firebrand leader himself, his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri has also helped the team's cause and allowed them to perform well consistently.
Kohli and Shastri enjoy a great rapport between them and have both changed the tempo of Indian cricket, as per former Australia cricketer Michael Slater.
Slater recently praised his 'great mate' Shastri for playing a vital role in taking Indian cricket forward under his reign as the head coach of the side. The former Australian cricketer believes Shastri and Kohli challenge each other but their remains mutual respect between them despite the difference in opinion at times which is one of the major reasons behind their success as a captain-coach duo.
“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,” said Slater on Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
“Both of them have their hearts on their sleeves. 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.”
“But obviously there are subtle differences that allow 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,” the former Australian cricket explained.
Shastri was appointed as the head coach of the Indian team in 2017 after Anil Kumble had to step down from the top post due to his differences with skipper Kohli.
Shastri and Kohli have since guided India to numerous memorable triumphs including a historic Test series win in Australia last year. India also made it to the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup last year where they lost closely against New Zealand in Manchester.
Kohli has also become India's most successful Test captain with 33 wins in 55 games - most by an Indian captain in the history of the game. The duo will be hoping to guide India to victory in the T20O World Cup next year and their trophy drought as the team has not won a major ICC trophy since 2013.
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