Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri Interview: Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri attended a press conference in advance to the WTC finals.
Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri Interview
The Men in Blue have taken off to the UK on June 3, however, before the departure, skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri showed up for a virtual press conference and addressed various questions from journalists.
Kohli and Shastri said that the possibility of two India squads playing at two different locations could become a norm going into the future.
BCCI will be sending a different team to Sri Lanka for a limited-overs tour as the Test team lead by Kohli will be in England preparing for the five-match Test series in July.
However, during the presser, one particular moment caught all the limelight. Both Shastri and Kohli who were unaware that they were already live were busy discussing their game plan against the Blackcaps. In no moment, the audio of the same discussion went viral among fans.
In the leaked audio, Kohli can be heard speaking- “hum inko round the wicket dalwayenge, Left handers hai inpe, Lala Siraj sabko start se hi laga denge” to which Shastri replied – “hmmn“.
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Kohli during the presser had stated, “We have worked hard for finals and nobody can take that away from us! There was no doubt we were gonna be featuring in the WTC Final. It’s like football, we gotta keep our standards high”
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On the other hand coach, Shastri said that the WTC final should be the best of three contests.
“It’s the first time there is a WTC final. The magnitude of the game is the biggest, if not the biggest ever. It’s the toughest form of the game. It has happened over two years, not two months. Teams have played each other across the world and earned the right to play the final. It is one hell of an event.”
“Ideally in the long run, if they want to pursue with Test championship, a best of three final is ideal. But you have to finish it early because of the FTP. For now, one-off is a one-off.”
India and New Zealand will play the WTC final from June 18 and the Men in Blue will have less time for their preparations due to mandatory quarantine in the UK.
On the other hand, the Blackcaps will have an added advantage as they have are already begun their Test game against the home side for a two-match Test series where they will get the idea of playing conditions over there.