Ravi Shastri, the newly appointed head coach of Team India put up a gist of his working style and approach. The former coach and director of the team has an intense experience of working successfully steering the squad through many tournaments. His successor Anil Kumble took the team through one of the longest stretches of tests. In 17 Test matches, India faced only a single defeat under Kumble. The team is at the top of ICC Test Rankings. Still, Ravi Shastri, the coach selected for the second term wants to focus on players instead of coaches, crediting the team for their successful stances. Per Shastri, the team did “exceedingly well” in last three years. He said it is the team that deserve the credit. Then coach said, people like him “will come and go”.
The coach team has rolled back to its previous shape a couple of years back. Ravi Shastri wanted the core team which was supporting him in the earlier term. The assistant coach will be Sanjay Bangar, the bowling coach is Bharat Arun and R Sridhar is the fielding coach. The coach team now consist of four persons. Additionally, Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan are the batting and bowling consultants.
Shastri’s approach to coaching is to make player’s mind clear so that they can “focus inwards”. The new coach emphasized on communication and understanding. He said, they are important not just for cricket, but in life. He is clear on his role. Per the coach, his role is to put players in a frame of mind where they can think of only their roles and about the team. On Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri had a clear view point. He is expecting understanding as they worked together for three years since 2014. He said understanding has also worked out fine between them in the past.
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