Showering praise on Virat Kohli, former India team director Ravi Shastri has said the star Indian batsman’s sensational form can only benefit Indian cricket.
Kohli is in the form of his life with four centuries in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) -- the most by a player in a single T20 tournament.
“Virat has hit a purple patch. Terrific batting. If he goes on like this, it will only keep on serving Indian cricket and be beneficial to it. The kind of batting on offer from him, he will make you stand up and applaud.”
Asked about the vacant post of India coach, Shastri kept mum and said, “BCCI are in the process of taking a decision. Once they take a decision, we can then look into it.”
Shastri was also at pains to understand why Bengal has not produced a pool of top-class cricketers in the post-Sourav Ganguly era despite so much interest for the sport in the region.
Bengal captain and premier batsman Manoj Tiwary went unsold at the IPL auction, as only two players from the state -- Wriddhiman Saha and Ashoke Dinda -- were seen making steady progress in the cash-rich T20 tournament.
“Despite so much of interest, I am surprised that Bengal are not producing many top class cricketers,” the former India captain told a news conference during a promotional event on Sunday.
“Interest and passion here is unparalleled. With so much interest, there ought to be more cricketers.”
“When I used to come here as a kid, I used to be amazed by the greenery around the Eden. There’s so much of space to play cricket (here). Eden Gardens is one of the greatest grounds. But its the people of Kolkata who make Eden what it is.”
According to reports, Shastri is apparently miffed by his portrayal as a ‘womaniser’ in Mohammad Azharuddin’s biopic ‘Azhar’ and the dashing Indian former all-rounder said he had no intention of watching such movies.
“I do not have time to watch such movies,” he said.