Is coach Shastri a 'Yes Man'? 'No' says captain Kohli

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"About saying "yes" all the time, that is the most freakish thing I have heard", Kohli said. I don't think anyone has said no to me more than him in Indian cricket. He is one guy whom I can speak to and get an honest opinion. "I don't think there is anyone who has said no to me more than him (Ravi Shastri) in Indian cricket", Kohli said.

"These are very personal things that happen within in a team environment". Things that conveniently need to be put out there are put out. "After a long time, we have a bowling attack where we feel that we can pick up twenty wickets every time".

The Indian cricket team are now on a break after their home series win against West Indies and will leave the country for their tour of Australia on November 16th.

On the perception that Shastri is Kohli's "yes" man, the captain said: "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing that I have heard".

Talking about the contribution and the self-belief that Shastri instilled in everybody, Kohli said, "the contribution that he has brought to the table ever since we started building this team is making people believe that they belong at this level and I can vouch for it".

"At a time when we were going through a hard phase in England in 2014 - he has been the most important factor in helping me get out of my shell. Our focus more will be on how the batsmen bat well together on this tour because the bowlers are in a great space and they know what they want to do", said Kohli. "It's about man-management which Ravi bhai has done brilliantly in the time he's been with us". People are entitled to their opinion. I think we have learnt those things enough. Nothing is made up here, nothing is created or happening in a fake way.

"Everyone has a different personality and if someone's personality doesn't fall into someone else's comfort zone that becomes a problem".

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"We are definitely not out there wanting to judge anyone, the only criteria for all of us is this batch and that's what we're working towards, because he'll finish one day, I'll finish playing one day, but cricket stays here and Indian cricket stays here".

Kohli's assessment of what went wrong with the batting in England where India lost the Test series 4-1 centred around more of the same. With Australia without the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of recording a maiden series win in Australia. "Happy Children's day." Not just Kohli, the likes Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, VVS Laxman and Hardik Pandya all did their bit to ensure that November 14th would be a day to remember for the children and for them too.

"There is a lot of room for improvement". That's something we realise as a team also.

As Kohli pointed out, Shastri had worked with the India senior national team as its Team Director between 2014 and 2016. There were a lot of things that we sat down and figured out after England as to what went wrong.

"We're all given a responsibility and we're doing it to the best of our abilities".

He added: "We need to strike a decent balance of (things to be done), how to control a situation when it goes against us, find a way out of it rather than get out of it immediately". He has been the most important factor as far as getting the best out of players.



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