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Fired up Shastri lauds Kohli's passion

India coach Ravi Shastri has lauded the passion of his captain Virat Kohli after their nation's historic Test cricket series win in Australia

Fired up Shastri lauds Kohli's passion

India coach Ravi Shastri has lauded the passion of his captain Virat Kohli after their nation's historic Test cricket series win in Australia

India batsman VIRAT KOHLI celebrates reaching his century during the 3rd Test Match between England and India in Nottingham, England.
India batsman VIRAT KOHLI celebrates reaching his century during the 3rd Test Match between England and India in Nottingham, England. Picture:Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

India coach Ravi Shastri has lauded captain Virat Kohli's unrivalled passion after his nation's first Test cricket series victory in Australia.

Former player Shastri rated the 2-1 result as possibly even bigger than India's wins in the 1983 World Cup and 1985 World Championship of Cricket one-day tournaments, as it was achieved in "the truest format of the game."


He thought no-one played Test cricket with more passion and no other captain came close to Kohli in that area.

"Other captains could have different personalities, but Virat is someone who is in your face and it rubs off on all the youngsters who are watching the game in India,' Shastri said.

"His teammates that watch him, they want to emulate him, and to believe that they can be someone like him who can go out there and strive for excellence

"So when an individual puts his neck on the line as captain then the others follow.".

Shastri had the assembled media collectively raising their eyebrows, as he then elaborated on a topic he raised in Melbourne about people "taking pot shots and firing blanks.

"When you fire from there, by the time it crosses the southern hemisphere, it's blown away by the wind like a tracer bullet," Shastri said.

"But lead, with something in it, can be pretty serious, and that's what we have fired right through the series against Australia.

"We were committed, and it jolly well bloody made a difference at the end of it all.

"This is not a team of gods or demigods, seniors or juniors, this is an Indian cricket team that will jump over a cliff to win a match for the country."

He joked that man of the series Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 521 runs at an average of 74.42 in over 30 hours at the crease, had made just one mistake.

"That was at the presentation, he should have padded up and gone up and they would have given him the trophy without even mentioning his name," Shastri said.

Shastri finished with a parting shot at "all my buddies from the Indian media," for motivating the team through a tough year of away series against South Africa, England and Australia.

"Without your support I don't think we would have played as well as we've done right through the 12 months, so thank you very much," he said.

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