Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli could have won 50-60 Tests as the captain had he continued, but a "lot of people would have not been able to digest that fact".
Going for the win at the risk of losing and playing five bowlers were two non-negotiables for Virat Kohli, India's most successful Test captain.
Shastri also said 'KP' was a great initial, referring to the former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, one of the most captivating batters.
Test series win in Australia last year one of the greatest in Indian cricket history: Sunil Gavaskar
India defeated Australia 2-1 in a closely-fought four-Test rubber winning in Melbourne and then breaching fortress Gabba in Brisbane last year after Australia had outplayed the visitors in the Day-Night Test at Adelaide.
"...I think going forward, both should officially have a say. Especially if the coach is experienced enough, like I was and now how Rahul (Dravid) is," said Shastri.
"...This could be a blessing in disguise for Virat, and for Rohit, because I don't think in this era if the bubble life exists for another year or so, one guy can handle all, that is not easy at all," said Shastri.
'One of the great inspirational stories': Ravi Shastri on Himachal Pradesh winning Vijay Hazare Trophy
The former India all-rounder was speaking after the prize distribution of 74th Police Shield tournament at the picturesque Mumbai Police Gymkhana.
India vs South Africa: Proteas are no pushovers but our team has firepower to match that, says Ravi Shastri
Shastri, whose tenure ended recently at the end of India's campaign in the T20 World Cup, also said that he will always back the Men in Blue
83 is a stirring reminder of a time when pride in a national team’s achievement united India and national pride had not yet been weaponised by the mob.
'I felt like I was being thrown under the bus': R Ashwin recalls Ravi Shastri's remark that crushed him
Ashwin has revealed that he felt like he was being "thrown under the bus" after former head coach Shastri anointed Kuldeep Yadav as India's No. 1 spinner overseas after his five-for in 2019 Sydney Test against Australia
Looked at bad days as a ‘great coaching opportunity’: R Sridhar on seven-year stint as India fielding coach
Sridhar was an integral part of the Team India coaching set-up headed by Ravi Shastri.
Some in BCCI made an attempt to make sure I didn't get the job in 2017, reveals ex-India coach Ravi Shastri
In June 2016, he was the front-runner for Team India’s head coach job, but eventually lost that to Anil Kumble, with Shastri terming the development as a ‘bolt out of the blue’.
Beginning of The End: Virat Kohli refuses to step down, BCCI cracks whip; turns to proven leader Rohit Sharma
The BCCI, it is learnt, waited for the last 48 hours for Kohli, who has already relinquished T20 captaincy, to voluntarily step down from ODI leadership as well but he did not. By the 49th hour, losing the position to Rohit Sharma was simply 'fait accompli'.
"Kohli would let Dhoni handle little details': Bharat Arun speaks on captaincy transition between the duo
Virat Kohli took over India Test captaincy from MS Dhoni in late 2014 and became the all-format captain in early 2017.
The League will have former cricketers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, England, among other cricket nations divided into three Teams representing India, Asia and Rest of the World
Kohli, who has taken rest for the T20 series and one Test against New Zealand to recover bubble fatigue in COVID times, has relinquished captaincy in the shortest format after the showpiece event.
Bumrah pens emotional note for Shastri and outgoing coaching staff, thanks them for 'invaluable contribution'
On Twitter, posted a picture of himself with Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar and bowling coach Bharat Arun, sending them best wishes on their future endeavours.
Here's a look at the Indian cricket team's biggest achievements under coach Ravi Shastri.
The Shastri-Kohli duo along with bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were part of a set-up that won two Test series in Australia.
To point to the lack of success at ICC events and criticise the leader(s) involved is very natural, very human. To do so by excluding all else smacks of a lack of basic understanding of the dynamics of professional sport.