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Ravi Shastri suggests Virat Kohli should skip the final ODI against New Zealand and play the Ranji Trophy instead to prepare for BGT


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Ravi Shastri cited the example of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who had done exactly the same 25 years ago.


“I've always believed you play more first-class cricket, especially when you are going to play a lot in India. Just feel top players don't play enough first-class cricket. There's a lot of cricket around, you might not want to take the risk. But at times you've got to be smart and sacrifice certain games looking at the bigger picture. And the big picture is Australia,” said Shastri on-air.

“25 years ago Sachin Tendulkar went to play in CCI against a Australian team and got a double hundred. Two months later in 1998 he had above 1000 runs against Australia in all formats. He got a terrific double hundred and Australia knew that they didn't get that man early the writing was on the wall,” Shastri said.

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24 minutes ago, AuxiliA said:

It's beneath King Kohli to play in peasant's trophy. 

He should altogether retire, Australia is way above his league

No amount of domestic or wild cricket helps this man,these are just excuses to let him drag his career and BCCI sell his name

Who once thought without Sachin they will not get sponsors to run their cricket

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2 hours ago, diga said:

In fact all the test regulars should play Ranji trophy .. Ravi Shastri for all his flashy persona, makes some very sensible points

This practice ended in Azhar's era, when he started skipping Ranji games and it became standard practice as other cricketers copied the same idea. 

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2 hours ago, neel roy said:

Pujara played and made 25 of 35 balls. So at least one batsman takes things seriously however we might troll him.. 


He made 91 in 4th innings SAU were chasing 340 runs. We need him in form with so many chalte phirte wickets around him.

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