Will Ravi Shastri bring a significant change to failing India Cricket?

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As the BCCI has announced the name of ex India all rounder Ravi Shahstri as the team Director for the about to start England One Day series, everybody started thinking what could he change in the present Indian side. Shastri has been given the aide of Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as bowling and fielding coaches. Bharat Arun, Kapil Dev’s team mate, present India Under -19 coach will be the assistant coach. Jow Dawes and Trevor Penny -current bowling and fielding coaches have been dropped. Duncan Fletcher, the head coach has not been entirely removed, but will work under Shahstri for the series.

Shastri’s had an illustrious career as a spin bowler and as a swash buckling batsman. He is the only batsman to have hit six sixes in an international match before Yuvraj Singh! Looking at the current Indian team, the pace bowling department is looking almost OK, with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar swinging the ball well enough, Ishant performed impressively, so did Shami and Aron for their experience level. Major faculties India has to worry about is fielding and batting, as has been pointed out by Australian pace legend McGrath yesterday.

The big names of India’s batting, Kohli, Gambhir, Pujara, Dhawan are the big worries. If rumors of Fletcher not working on their technique are to be believed, Shastri is not the right person to coach them on that point, neither is Bangar. So, if all that has made a big difference is the mental set up, Shastri has little to work on. But looking at the individual statures of these players, if the mental status is set right, they are perfectly capable of taking it up from there. Dhoni’s role, again will be crucial here, as he is not facing a removal from captaincy yet. Dhoni wouldn’t like ending his captaincy days at such lows either. The BCCI too cannot afford to change the captain of the team, at least for the one days, as the World Cup is scheduled for Feb, 2015.

Change was imminent, how smooth, and how fast it happens and beneficial it turns out to be is what needs to be seen.

Medaram Jathara

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