Bengaluru: India captain Virat Kohli praised head coach Ravi Shastri as he wished him on his birthday today (May 27). Former India all-rounder Shastri turned 50 on Wednesday.

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Kohli took to his Twitter account to post a birthday wish for Shastri. The 31-year-old India skipper tweeted a picture where he is seen with Shastri and MS Dhoni. The trio is sharing a laugh in the image and it is from an international limited-overs match.

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“Many seem confident but only few are brave. Happy birthday Ravi bhai. God bless (Thumbs up, Clapping hands sign, Smiling face with smiling eyes emojis). #throwback (sic),” Kohli wrote.

Both Kohli and Shastri share a special relationship as player-coach. They have mutual respect for each other.

Recently, talking on Sky Cricket podcast, Shastri had heaped praise on Kohli. “The captain is the boss, I always believe that. The job of the coaching staff, as far as I'm concerned, is to prepare the guys in the best possible way to be able to go out there and play brave, positive, fearless cricket,” Shastri said.

“The captain leads from the front. Yes, we are there to take off the burden but you leave him to do his job in the middle. The captain sets the tone and is encouraged to set the tone. In the middle, he controls the show,” he added.

Talking about Kohli’s fitness, Shastri said, “When you talk about fitness, the leadership came from the top and that is Virat. He is not a guy to mess around. He woke up one morning and said 'if I want to play this game I want to be the fittest player in the world and compete against the best in all conditions,' and he let his body go through one hell of a lot.”

In 2017, Shastri took over as India’s head coach. Under his guidance, India reached the No. 1 position in the ICC Test rankings.