Kohli spoke about how his confidence after playing at the international level as a youngster rubbed off on him during the IPL, something that can also happen with Washington and Siraj.
Kohli said all-rounder Washington Sundar, who played against Australia in India's last T20I outing, remains the hosts' first choice unless he himself underperforms in the later stages.
Shastri feels that he can relate way more with the Washingtons and the Rishabh Pants because he had also tasted overseas success as a youngster.
Sundar had played an unbeaten knock of 96 runs in the first innings as the hosts went on to take a lead of 160 runs in the fourth Test.
Sundar was left stranded on 96 as India got dismissed for 365 in their first innings on the third day of the Test match here at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Dan Lawrence (19 not out) and Ben Foakes (6 not out) were the two unbeaten batsmen at the crease as England lost six wickets for 85 runs.
With the India innings finishing on 365 -- a lead of 160 -- the visitors had to bat out three overs before the umpires called for Lunch.
The 21-year-old left-hander's 96 off 174 balls was as important as Rishabh Pant's second day hundred but a sudden tail-end collapse saw him stranded at the non-striker's end.
Rishabh Pant cracked a 118-ball 101 studded with 13 hits to the fence and two sixes to anchor India's innings after a 144-ball 49 by opener Rohit Sharma at the top.
England had Jofra Archer, Zak Crawley, James Anderson and Jonny Bairstow coming into the side.
On day five of the first Test, James Anderson and Jack Leach stole the show for England as the duo took seven wickets among themselves to bundle out hosts for 192.
One image, posted 20 months ago, shows him essaying the perfect lofted drive, with him admiring his own art after the fact.
India began the day at 257 for six and the duo of Sundar and Ashwin frustrated the English bowlers by adding 48 runs before left-arm spinner Leach struck.
Ditto for Shahbaz Nadeem, who was in the reserves for the first two Tests but was inducted into the eleven in the Eleventh Hour after Axar Patel sustained a knee injury.
Entering the series on the back of a historic 2-1 win in Australia, Team India will be overwhelming favourites due to their unbeaten home run in the last nine years