'Shastri is the best man to deal with Virat Kohli'

Last Updated: Thu, Jun 29, 2017 12:13 hrs

After Ravi Shastri applied for the job of head coach, Virat Kohli received a major boost after all the mud-sliding that happened after Anil Kumble quit.

While it's an open secret that Shahstri and Kohli share a wonderful rapport, fielding coach R Srisdhar put the point straight by saying that both Shastri and Kumble are different but it is Shastri who shares a good bond with the skipper and players.

"Shastri was somebody who was character-based. He wanted characters in the team, so he worked on that kind of approach. He wanted to take that approach to the field. Kumble was someone who wanted to achieve excellence in his own way," he told the Hindustan Times.

"They were two different people, they cannot be the same," Sridhar added.

Sridhar believes that a captain should have the freedom to follow his instincts.

"What is important in today's cricket as a leader is to follow the energies within the group. It is important to be receptive. You have to yield to the demands of the group and you have to make sure that each guy is in the best possible space," said Sridhar.

He also went on to spell out what it would take for Kohli to be a good leader.

"The current Indian team has some great experience. So we should allow that experience to take over and be inclusive and take the best possible decisions for the team. What is important to be a good leader is to be a good follower," added Sridhar.

Venkatest Prasad was the latest to apply for the post of head coach but given the fact the CAC and the BCCI will consult Kohli before finalising on a candidate, Shastri's chances are way much higher.

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