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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 12:37 IST

'He means business': Ex-IND coach Ravi Shastri reveals how one player has 'kept Test cricket going'

With the increasing global appeal of T20 Cricket, Ravi Shastri talks about an Indian Batsmen, who has helped sustain Test Cricket and kept its legacy going

Reported by: Daisy Mehta
Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri | Image:BCCI
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Team India had an unprecedented run in the years 2019-20. It was a time when the players got involved into playing some fearless cricket. the Indian Cricket team also won their first-ever test series in Australia, which was a big boost in their part. Virat Kohli's run as a captain has remained unforgettable, with legends complimenting his dedication towards the game. 

3 things you need to know

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  • Ravi Shastri credits Virat Kohli for keeping the Test cricket alive
  • Virat Kohli is known to be the most successful Test Captain for India
  • Kohli became the first-ever Indian captain in the history to register a Test series victory in Australia

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Ravi Shastri heaps huge praise for Virat Kohli

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has profusely praised batting maestro Virat Kohli and talked upon his passion and dedication towards the game has helped him keep Test Cricket alive. Shastri, who is very close to Kohli, is occupied with doing commentary for Australian broadcasters during the Test series between Australia and Pakistan. 

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Shastri was asked to comment on Kohli during the opening Test match. The former India head coach praised the superstar batsman's dedication in the game and work ethic. 

Shastri said on Fox Sports:

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“His work ethic, the passion for the game and the desire to perform against the best in the world and getting himself into the position that allows himself to do that. Sacrifice whatever is needed to get there. No one trains harder and works harder than him.”

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Kohli “is one of the modern-day greats”: Shastri 

The 1983 World Cup champion added that Kohli enjoys batting in Australia because it brings forth his best qualities. He also gave credit to Kohli for sustaining Test cricket, noting that India played fearless brand of cricket under his leadership and won the inaugural Test series in Australia in 2019–20.

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Virat Kohli in action for Team India at the World Test Championship Final | Image: AP

“He is one of the modern-day greats, he has kept the Test cricket going. There are very few ambassadors of the Test like Virat Kohli. He brings energy on the field as a captain and as a player, look at his eyes, he means business. He meant business in this year’s World Cup. In the final, his was the biggest wicket that changed the whole tempo of the game and silenced the crowd,” he added. 

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 10:56 IST

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