Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli will lead India in the one-off Test against Bangladesh in the upcoming tour.Reuters

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli praised the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to retain former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri as the Director of the Indian Cricket team for the upcoming tour of Bangladesh.

Kohli believes that Shastri brings in a lot of positive attitude in the dressing room and is also responsible for boosting the confidence of the side.

"He is a guy who does not shy away from responsibility. He is someone who takes the blows on the chin. He keeps moving forward. 

"There is no two ways about his thinking. He is the most amazing person to have around this team right now because it is a young unit and the kind of confidence he gives.

"He has authority; when he speaks people respect him. There is no talk just for the sake of it. He is sensible and something that gives you a lot of confidence and a lot of assurance," Kohli told Espn Cricinfo's The Cricket Monthly on Tuesday. 

Ravi Shastri has been the Team Director of the Indian cricket team during their tour of England, Australia and then the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Shastri will be travelling along with the team to Bangladesh during India's upcoming tour that is scheduled to start from 10 June.

"We would love to have him on board even if he is doing the same job right now. Just to have him around the group is a massive boost for us. To have him around the group in some way would be lovely. To have the head coach or who to have and what to do about is all part of the discussion when we sit down," he said.

Kohli was going through a rough patch last year when India was touring England. This classy batsman was out of form for quite some time. He admitted that it was because of Shastri's guidance that he was able to get out of that phase and bounce back during India's tour of Australia.

"He is the one who suggested I stand in front of the crease and on off stump. I was not convinced to begin with. I was thinking in my head that it might expose my stumps. He said just trust me, do it. I did not do it in England. But I went to Australia and I thought about it.

"I said, why not. I am playing international cricket. I can't be sitting in a comfort zone and let guys dominate me. It came out beautifully. I am thankful to him for sticking by me after England," he added.  

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