Shastri wants India players to focus on cricket

Robyn Ryan
July 20, 2017

Considering Kohli's preference for Shastri and what happened between Kumble and Kohli, BCCI took a u-turn and appointed Ravi Shastri's man Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of Indian cricket team.

It wasn't a while back when India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar hoped Ravi Shastri applied for the India coach job and try to be the successor to Anil Kumble. As the team embarks on new journeys after the disappointment of the Champions Trophy, its destiny is in its own hands as the choice of coaching personnel is that of the captain and head coach.

"I don't think there is any added pressure". I continue to take responsibility till the time I am captain.

"We will be playing practice matches there as well and that will be crucial before the first Test", Saha said. Losing the first Test was a shock to us but the way we bounced back was only because of the team culture created at that stage. "His salary will be based on his availability", the official said while adding that the board had rejected Zaheer's 100-day demand for Rs 4 crore annually a year ago. He played two Test matches for India and had only 4 wickets to show for his efforts. I don't carry any baggage. "He knows these boys better than I do", he said. Credit should go to every one who participated in this Indian team.

"Maybe one day in a couple of years that'd be something I'd seriously consider", he insisted. "A lot of speculations and lot of things fly around, those things are not in my control. I think this support staff is very experienced", he said.

Shastri said at the team's departure to Sri Lanka on Tuesday: "When you play the game, you want your mind clear". Although Arun, who was also the bowling coach of IPL outfit Royal Challengers Bangalore, was out of the team for the past year, he did state that he had this "odd talk" here and there with the players. At the late time that we got to know it was only fair that we follow a process to bring about either a change or extend Kumble. "And that happens with good communication with the support staff", Shastri said.

When Shastri was named coach on July 11, the CAC said that Zaheer would be bowling consultant.

"On being asked about added pressure going into the series after all the drama that unfolded, Virat firmly replied that there is no extra pressure on him; I do not take any added pressure, as a player I only focus on the series I have to play".

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