Ravi Shastri gives a glimpse into his nastiest self as the coach
"Fearless means trusting your instincts."
Updated - Jan 19, 2019 2:11 pm
India has been enjoying unprecedented success under their current coach Ravi Shastri. The former India all-rounder was appointed as the coach in a controversial manner after Anil Kumble’s unceremonious departure in 2017. But fast forward two years and one cannot complain much as the results have been very promising and Shastri is showing no signs of stopping.
The team is doing exceedingly well under Shastri’s coaching. In 2018, he guided India to their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa. Victories in the Nidahas Trophy, the T20I series in England, the Asia Cup are some of the high points of Shastri’s coaching stint. India also won Tests in South Africa and England last year although ended up losing the series. His most memorable moment as India coach recently came during the just-concluded tour of Australia.
India won the Test series 2-1 to register their first ever win on the Australia soil in red-ball cricket. It ended the long wait of 71 years for the team to win a Test series Down Under. On Friday, India also won the ODI series to cap off a fine tour on a good note. India beat Australia by seven wickets in the third ODI to win the series 2-1. The win is India’s first ever-bilateral ODI series victory in Australia.
Secret behind success:
There is absolutely no doubt that Shastri is a popular character in the dressing room. The players love his cheerful and motivating company and it has been reflected on their performance on the field. Shastri has now opened up on his methods as coach, revealing how he deals with the players.
“I am more into fine-tuning, mindsets, and how you play the game. Very rarely will I go and tinker with a player unless I think it is needed,” he said. “Yes, I will bang him on the head if I think he is a p**** or afraid of something. That is when I am at my nastiest. Then I’m not a coach, I am something else.”
“You have to be fearless if you want to play for this team. Fearless means trusting your instincts and clarity of thought. Once you have made up your mind, don’t be scared of what if. You would rather get out testing your instincts than being in two minds,” added Shastri in a conversation with former England captain Michael Vaughan for The Telegraph.
Shastri’s next big assignment will be to lead India to victory in this year’s World Cup, starting May 30. The Men in Blue are one of the favourites to lift the coveted title in England and Wales.