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