Ravi Shastri’s appointment as the coach of the Indian team may have come under a big cloud of confusion and uncertainty, but he himself hasn’t an iota of doubt. Shastri has returned to the helm after a one year break, when Anil Kumble coached the side. He was selected as the head coach soon after Kumble decided not to seek an extension following differences with the captain, Virat Kohli.
Shastri’s campaign with the Indian team, the first as coach, began in some style, with a thumping 304-run win over Sri Lanka in Galle. Ahead of the second Test, Shastri appeared in front of the media during India’s practice session on Tuesday (August 1). Talking about his different roles with the Indian team, Shastri said there is nothing that he has to change in terms of how his role plays out. He also stated that his role is more about getting the players ready mentally for the games and fine tuning their technique or approach.
“I have been manager, director, now I am head coach – it’s the same role. Absolutely the same role, so there is nothing that I have to change. The fact that you played the game and watched the game for long periods of time without a break does help. So you know what’s contemporary and what’s happening at the moment and you relate with people in that fashion.
“I don’t think at this level coaching is needed. At this level, it is all about fine tuning and getting the blokes in good mental space to go out and play the game. They know they have reached here because they are good. At times you might need to just fine tune them a bit because the amount of cricket that’s being played you might just get into the odd bad habit without you realizing it,” he said.