Team India head coach Rahul Dravid was given a rest from the New Zealand tour, and BCCI sent VVS Laxman as the interim head coach of the Men in Blue. Ravi Shastri is furious looking at this move by the BCCI.
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Players taking a break to manage their workload has become a common occurrence in cricket but coaches doing the same is not a common thing.
Shastri, who never missed a series as India’s coach, finds it difficult to understand the reason behind this move by the BCCI.
On Thursday, Shastri clearly clarified how he didn’t believe in breaks and stated why a coach should always be there with the team.
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“I do not believe in breaks. Because I want to understand my team, I want to understand my players and I want to then, be in control of that team. These breaks… why do you need many breaks, to be honest? You get your 2-3 months of the IPL, that’s enough for you to rest as a coach. But other times, I think a coach should be hands on, whoever he is,” Shastri said.
Shastri also emphasised that India should follow the example of England and make different teams for three different formats, even if that requires leaving out certain senior players.
VVS Laxman will prepare his troops face will face New Zealand on Sunday after the first game resulted in a washout. Both teams will be raring to go out and compete at the SCG.
After a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of England in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, team India is likely to change their strategy in the shortest format of the game and prepare for the 2024 T20 World Cup.
Indian squad for the T20I series against New Zealand
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik
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