Ravi Shastri’s tee shot: “If you put Bradman in a bubble, his average will drop”
Ravi Shastri has always been the man of crisis in Indian cricket. When India faltered at the 2007 World Cup and Greg Chappell stepped down after the tournament, he was charged with an interim eye on the resurrection. In 2014, when India was knocked down in Tests in England, he was appointed team manager, again for a course correction. During his seven-year stint, with a mini break when Anil Kumble took over for a year, Shastri oversaw the rise of India, especially in the longer format.
Under Shastri as head coach and Virat Kohli as captain, India went from the seventh test team in the world to winning two consecutive test rounds in Australia and taking a 2-1 lead in England. before the final test is postponed. . On the day of his farewell, the outgoing head coach became emotional.
Shastri declined to make a comparison between the ICC tests and events, saying any tournaments / series India plays are important. But he cited bubble fatigue, with players on the road for six months now.
“They are one of the great teams in the history of the game, absolutely no doubt in my mind. Unfortunately we are excluded from this tournament, but that does not take away from a great team,” he said. said at the post-match press conference.
Shastri offered no excuse for India’s poor performance in this T20 World Cup but said the bubble life could be mentally exhausting. “You are not turned on the way you should be. That’s not an excuse. Because in trying to win you will lose a game. Here we didn’t try to win, because the X factor – the players were mentally and physically exhausted – wasn’t there.
Bubble life could have affected even Don Bradman was his observation. “I don’t read too much in Virat’s form. I don’t care who the player is. If you even put Don Bradman in the bubble, his average will go down. Eventually, the bubble will burst.
Shastri agreed that a short break between the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup could have helped the team, but hoped they would win an ICC title – “the one missing piece” – in the near future, under the leadership of new head coach Rahul Dravid. “They will have the rubbing of the green.”
He thanked former BCCI President N Srinivasan for giving him the opportunity to coach India and hinted that his future may again lie in the TV commentaries, where he made a name for himself. name before becoming a coach. “We have won back-to-back (Test) series in Australia. We took the lead in England and it could be the longest lead in history (with the final test postponed until next year). Maybe I could comment on this test, ”Shastri said.
He also thanked outgoing bowling coach Bharat Arun for building an excellent attack and outgoing field coach R Sridhar for making the team a world class standard.