However, after India's first Test win against Sri Lanka at Galle, the former Indian player said here, "The way captain Virat has been delivering, I won't be surprised if he soon surpasses MS Dhoni too".
And, therefore, it seems like Ravi Shastri is back to his ways of praising the team to remain in their good books, even if the win is against a hapless Sri Lanka who hardly looked like they knew what they were doing. "It has been hard for him and we all known that", the captain added further.
"It's very important to make him feel that this is his spot", Kohli said. You expect him to play 100 Tests.
Virat Kohli has made it clear who will open for India in the second Test. They have KL Rahul back in the side, a player who did exceedingly well on rank turners against Australia, and have an in-form bowling and batting attack. "Yesterday's practice was really good, the guys were hitting the areas really well and I am pretty confident that the areas we identified in the first Test, we will be able to rectify those and move ahead and improve on those things". If it is the last game, is it the man who took a sensational catch and a run-out or the man who had the bigger impact with the bat? "I wonder where will he stop", Shastri was quoted as saying by Anandabazaar Patrika.
"This is big news as this is the first time the city is staging an global cricket match after a long gap and we are happy", Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) Secretary Jayesh George told reporters here.
Based on his performance in the last Test match that he played for India, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav should have walked into the playing XI against Sri Lanka in Galle.
Kohli said that it is a wicket that will produce a result. It is a very small margin but unfortunately that is how the sport goes sometimes and things happen in a team environment.
It has been a good headache for Kohli to have and hopes the guys missing out would understand.
Explaining why he considers Dhoni to be the all-time best among Indian captains, Shastri is quick to refer to the wicket-keeper batsman's stats. But as I said, there always will be a few scratches here and there when you are playing Test cricket after March. He got 50 quickly and that saves you time as well. "The day before the Test we will see whether he can drift the ball, it will come down to that", said Gurusinha.
Herath is a bowler who could trouble even the best of India's batsman and Sri Lanka will hope he can produce the kind of performance he put in against Australia at the same venue a year ago.