Team India head coach Ravi Shastri denied reports of differences between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Shastri said, “If players have different views on a subject, how can it be called conflict or quarrel? As a team you get a lot of help in strategizing with players having different views.” Shastri, who was recently re-appointed as a coach for 2 years, described the victory in the West Indies as historic.
Shastri said, “I always want the team players to present their views and opinions. We consider all. When a fresh idea comes up, it is the team that benefits. This is only part of our strategy. The team consists of 15 players. Sometimes their views are different. And this should also happen. We consider all of them and then decide what would be the right strategy for the team.”
‘Winning in Windies is very important’
In the recent West Indies tour, Team India won all the three formats i.e. Test, ODI and T20. Shastri is very happy and excited about this performance of the team. In response to a question, he said, “The team was disappointed with the defeat in the World Cup. After that, we went to the Windies and won all three formats. Significantly, the same Windies team had defeated England at their home before the World Cup. Just think, our team went to the Windies and did not lose a single match there. This is a very difficult task. That is why I salute the spirit of my team.”
‘Benefit from support staff’
Along with Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R.K. Sridhar have also been given a new term of two years. Vikram Rathore has been made the batting coach although he is not yet associated with the team. To a question asked about the support staff, the former Mumbai all-rounder said, “Players feel very comfortable with this support staff. The reason for this is that we have been working together for about five years. Continuity only helps.’