I will start from where I left: Ravi Shastri
Internet Desk: Indian cricket team’s newly appointed head coach Ravi Shastri has said today that he is ready to face all the challenges as India have to play few tough series ahead of the much-awaited 2019 World Cup in England. Shastri also made it clear that he has no problem with the former India skipper and Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly.
A rift between Ganguly and Shastri is known to all, as Sourav questioned the seriousness of the former team director after Shastri failed to appear in front of the committee for the interview last year. But according to Shastri the personal differences won’t matter much when it comes to Team India.
“Individuals do not matter. We are both former captains and there is bound to be disagreements but that is all right. There was some good questions asked in the meeting and they were answered. Whatever happened in the meeting stays confidential. For the interest of Indian cricket we must move forward,” he told India Today.
On being asked whether he was a bit tensed before the announcement of the coach on Tuesday night, Shastri replied,” I have been chilling in London.”
Shastri has a tough task in hand before the 2019 World Cup, as the Men in Blue have to play abroad against the teams like South Africa, Australia and England. Though the newly appointed India coach is pretty confident about these challenges.
“This is precisely the reason why I can’t wait to get started. This is a quality bunch and they can become one of the best Indian teams. I have no baggages and whatever happened in the last year doesn’t matter. I will start from where I left,” he said.
During the last couple of series, skipper Kohli was seen a bit off-coloured with his batting. Though Shastri again backed Kohli by saying that he is one of the best batsmen in the world.“He is a champion. Everyone has the right to fail,” he said.
While Shastri has been watching the team closely as commentator, he refused to comment on the future of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. “They are both champion players. The 2019 World Cup is a long time and we will take a decision at the right time,” he said.