On the eve of the fourth Test of the 5-match series against England at the Oval, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli said that his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri is based on mutual respect and trust. He also expressed that their relationship has helped them make this team the one that ‘everyone wants to beat.’
Virat Kohli said, “Our working relationship, and off the field as well, has been built on mutual respect and trust, on a vision that has been shared, which has been focussed in one direction which is to take Indian cricket higher and in a better place than we found it. That was always our aim and I think, along with the brilliance of the whole team.”
He further added, “The talent that we have been blessed with, we have been able to achieve that. We stand as the team that everyone wants to beat anywhere we play in the world and that for us is a matter of immense pride.”
The event was marked with a special ‘Rendezvous Series’ around the UK launch of Shastri’s first book as a writer named ‘Stargazing: The Players In My Life’. During an interaction around his new book, Ravi Shastri was asked about the ongoing series, which stands at 1-1 right now, and he promised things are set to get “spicier” in the last couple of matches.
Ravi Shastri said, “When you have a captain on the same page, it becomes pretty easy and most of my boys are on a similar page.”
Kohli was joined by his teammates at the Taj hotel in London for the launch ceremony of a new exclusive members’ club ‘The Chambers.’