I am used to challenges, bring on another one, says Ravi Shastri

Ravi sastri

HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Shastri was given a two-year term till the 2019 World Cup, his first assignment being the SL tour
  2. Exuding confidence in the Kohli-led side, Shastri said the team has the pedigree to perform in all conditions
  3. Shastri will be assisted by Zaheer as the bowling coach and Dravid as an overseas batting consultant

NEW DELHI: Newly-appointed Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri on Wednesday predicted that the current team led by Virat Kohli can be a better Test unit than any Indian team of the past.

Shastri, who served as the Team Director from 2014-2016, on Tuesday returned as the head coach of the side after prolonged deliberations by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising the trio of Sachin TendulkarSourav Gangulyand VVS Laxman.

The 55-year-old Shastri was given a two-year term till the 2019 ICC World Cup, his first and immediate assignment being the Sri Lanka tour. India are to play three Tests, five one-day internationals (ODIs) and a one-off T20I, starting July 26.

Exuding confidence in the Kohli-led side, the former India all-rounder said the current team has the pedigree to perform in all conditions.

“It can be a better Test team than any Indian team we have had. This is a team you can travel with. There is a battery of pacers which can do well in all conditions. Their age is such that they are playing at the right time,” Shastri was quoted as saying by a news channel from London.

Asked about the challenges of coaching the Indian team, especially after his predecessor and former India skipper Anil Kumble‘s one-year stint ended on a sour note amid widespread reports of a tiff with Kohli, Shastri said he is up for the challenge.

“I have always relished a challenge and I am looking forward to my stint with India. When you are asked to open the batting in overcast conditions, it is a challenge.”

“I am used to challenges, bring on another one,” Shastri said.

Shastri will be assisted by veteran India pacer Zaheer Khan as the bowling consultant and current India A and Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who was appointed as an overseas batting consultant.

Source: Times Of India

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