Former India cricketer, team director, and head coach Ravi Shastri feels that Virat Kohli would have been the most successful player ever if IPL was an individual sport.

Shastri, who has worked closely with Kohli in the Indian team, made this claim while speaking to Star Sports in their post-match show after Lucknow Super Giants had defeated Royal Challengers Bengaluru 2 days ago.

In that match, Virat Kohli was unable to continue the form that he showed during matches against Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The Indian batting stalwart had scored 77 and 83* in those matches and had also topped the run-scoring chart.

Currently, he stands on top of the list along with 203 runs to his name from the first 4 matches at an average of 67.66. His closest rival in the Orange Cap race is Rajasthan Royals’ youngster Riyan Parag who has amassed 181 runs from 3 matches until now.

It should also be noted that Virat Kohli is coming after a 3-month paternity leave for the birth of his second child with wife Anushka Sharma but he has made his return as if he never left. Kohli was initially expected to miss the first two Test matches of a 5-match series against England but later it was extended for the entire series from January to March.

Ravi Shastri makes huge claim about Virat Kohli

During the captaincy tenure of Virat Kohli, his first choice head coach to replace outgoing Anil Kumble was none other than Ravi Shastri. The duo share a very special relationship and it was under their leadership that Team India became a formidable force in the 2018 season. Both Shastri and Kohli instilled a fearless mindset within the side, which is something that helped the team take major steps forward.

However, the one thing that went missing during their tenure was ICC trophies. Under Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli, team India had lost the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand, lost the first ever World Test Championship against the same opponents, and exited from T20 WC 2021 from the group stages itself. After that, Rahul Dravid took over as the head coach but even he could not change India’s fate in major ICC events.

Regardless of that, the Indian team is still a major force in the world of cricket and Virat Kohli might not be the leader of the pact anymore but he is still a key player of the team.

Kohli is a key player of any team he is a part of and that’s why Ravi Shastri thinks he could have been the most successful if IPL or cricket in general was an individual sport. “Virat Kohli would have the most number of trophies if IPL was an individual sport.” – Shastri said via Star Sports. 

RCB hoping to get back to winning ways against Rajasthan Royals 

Meanwhile, after the tragic 28-run loss against Lucknow, RCB will hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to the Sawai Mansingh stadium for a clash against Rajasthan Royals on April 6.

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