India in England 2014 August 20, 2014

'People would have accepted 3-1 if there was a little more fight'

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Ravi Shastri: "I know I can contribute"

What made you take up this assignment?

It was an important time in Indian cricket. When asked I thought about it and then said, "fine". The state of Indian cricket is such that I know I can contribute. I have never been scared about how tough the job is or how easy the job is. The important thing is the contribution. If I am here today, and at times some forget, it is because of the BCCI. The platform they gave me when I was a junior cricketer to play for my state and then the country.

What is your role exactly?

My role is to oversee everything. All of them report to me. This is for the ODI series in England.

What about Duncan Fletcher. Would he be sidelined?

Absolutely not. He stays as the head coach. And these two (Sanjay Bangar and B Arun) will be his assistants.

Did you have a chat with MS Dhoni and Fletcher?

I spent about two hours with them (on Tuesday). We had a chat about where things are at the moment, how things have to be addressed, and how important communication will be.

Were there any reservations you had before taking up the job?

I had no reservations about the job. I insisted on the coaching staff I wanted. I went (for domestic Indian coaches) because I felt they can contribute.

What were the reasons you felt India failed in the Test series?

If you put it down to one word - inexperience. If you calculate the number of Test matches played by the XI as opposed to some of the tours where we fared worse, here we at least won a Test match. We did not win a Test in 1974 (3-0) and were whitewashed on the last tour here with some of the biggest names (in the team). So if you calculate the number of Test caps between this unit and some of the other units that have come (in the past), it is chalk and cheese.

On this tour I saw India's greatest ever overseas win I have seen. I know it because I have never seen a track like that and with this kind of inexperienced side for them to pull it off. Then I also saw some spineless cricket over the last three Tests matches.

When you say spineless, what went missing?

Spineless means stomach for a fight. People would have accepted 3-1 if there was a little more fight. The conditions what you saw here, barring the first Test, every track had serious juice on it. When I evaluate everything I put it down to inexperience. When they come back to England (next time) they would be better players.

People can be judgmental, but we have not played a five-Test match series in a long time. When you play five Test matches in 40 days your fitness gets exposed. But if you are inexperienced it comes to the fore. What does experience do? It builds your mental strength - when you are down, you can still recover. But here when you lack the experience and when you get hammered, or you have two or three innings where you don't do well, then you go downhill straight.

What is the message you want to send to the players?

My challenge is for the boys to enjoy themselves, play freely and express themselves. Work hard and use the cricket ground as a vehicle to express yourselves and play aggressively.

What was the most disappointing thing for you about the Indian teams's failure in Test series?

My only disappointment was players at times making the same mistake. That disappointed me. Everyone makes a mistake, but you want to try something different. Like [Alastair] Cook. He changed his stance, stood a foot outside the crease. You need to try something different instead of getting out the same way.

After the Tests series defeat you went hard on the players in your newspaper column: "Sit back and watch if these glam boys are ready for penance. If they are prepared to plunge their bare hands into the coal of fire and start from scratch." What exactly did you mean?

I was hard on [Cheteshwar] Pujara and [Virat] Kohli specifically because they came here with big reputations. And they have been brought down to earth with their techniques being found out against the moving ball. And there is nothing wrong in that, it has happened to the biggest players. Rahul Dravid in 1999 in Australia - he could not get a run. It has happened to Sunny (Gavaskar) in 1981 in Australia. Now the true test of their (Pujara and Kohli) character will be: how they bounce back. I have absolutely no doubt that not only will they bounce back, they will excel very, very soon.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Hmmmmm Mr.Shastri and all other

  • on August 21, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    I don't think ravi shastri can turn d fortunes of the Indian team overnight. hope he makes d team fight more even in loss

  • santhoshg016 on August 21, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    I hope Ravi sir will do his job for the team needed, Now first thing India has to concentrate on odi, we want to see 5-0, atleat 4-1 is better to show our strength, a billion people is behind you, we cheer for every victories, but when we lose badly it hurts lot, in 5th test match some players played very badly they know they are going to lose the test match still they gave up easily.. there was no fight in the players, If ur playing for your country you must give 100% no matter at what situation you are in atleast give fight thats what we need to see, There might be a lot of sports but still people in India love cricket, Give 100% for every game and do well in odi series, give some confidence that we can win in overseas matches..

  • SatishkumarMS on August 21, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    At the end of the day its players who has to perform....I don't think Ravi's appointment will make any difference.

  • on August 21, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Prior to the commencement of this series, I gave my prediction, 3-1 win for England in these columns. It has now come true. The reason I gave that prediction was the way players ego has been expanded mainly due to IPL and games back home in India. The players had no idea of their personal SWOT coming to England. Then the win at Lords magnified their egos too much with no one to tell them that Poms will try to bounce back hard, and which they did. With no clear match SWOT analysis and more of reactive planning rather than proactive, the boys went from loss to loss. look at Sri Lanka, they lost the coach to England and that was a blessing in disguise. Lanka won 1-0 in England. Though they lost 1-0 to South Africa, in a game where due to tampered cricket ball South Africa seam attack got prodigious swing to scuttle the Lankan side for low score, then hid under the table to draw the second. Then Lanka won 2-0 against Pakistan without foreign coach. India have faith on home talent to coach

  • titus_p on August 21, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    This is a frank opinion by Mr. Ravi Shastri. Hope he can instill some sort of confidence in the boys, to win some matches if not the ODI series. All the Best Sir!!

  • ListenToMe on August 21, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    "People would have accepted 3-1 if there was a little more fight." - That is the end of the story. We cricket fan don't expect India to win all matches in foreign conditions since we know that it is difficult beat someone at their home ground. But at the same time we know that our team is enough to pose a challenge to the opposition. It is ok to lose without fighting. But when it happens every match, we get humiliated, the country gets humiliated. The players should feel the pride to represent India. They should not allow the opposition to humiliate their country. It is a shame that our players did it. So I stopped watching India's tests. And I believe India will lose many fans if they repeat the mistake.

  • SLSup on August 21, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Hmmm.... Ravi puts IND recent loss in ENG down to INEXPERIENCE and then gives an example of how the LAST TOUR in ENG had some of the BIGGEST NAMES in IND cricket and they LOST! Wow. Ya, he'll fix things! GOOD luck.

  • on August 21, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    the title of the page says it all.. we as fans would have accepted the defeat if the team would have shown some fight. This is absolute surrender and felt like watching those matches from 90's when there is no one up to take on and fight. Well said Mr. Shastri. I hope there is a turn around in tests sooner rather than later

  • wake_up_india on August 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    I hope Ravi's optimism comes true. What bothers me is that the flaws in technique that were on display appear to be quite fundamental -- techniques which should have been learned when one is 16 or 17 have not been mastered. These flaws are not the players' shortcomings but shortcomings of the cricketing establishment in Inda, particularly of late. If India is serious about Test Cricket, new players may be required.

  • on August 22, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    Hmmmmm Mr.Shastri and all other

  • on August 21, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    I don't think ravi shastri can turn d fortunes of the Indian team overnight. hope he makes d team fight more even in loss

  • santhoshg016 on August 21, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    I hope Ravi sir will do his job for the team needed, Now first thing India has to concentrate on odi, we want to see 5-0, atleat 4-1 is better to show our strength, a billion people is behind you, we cheer for every victories, but when we lose badly it hurts lot, in 5th test match some players played very badly they know they are going to lose the test match still they gave up easily.. there was no fight in the players, If ur playing for your country you must give 100% no matter at what situation you are in atleast give fight thats what we need to see, There might be a lot of sports but still people in India love cricket, Give 100% for every game and do well in odi series, give some confidence that we can win in overseas matches..

  • SatishkumarMS on August 21, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    At the end of the day its players who has to perform....I don't think Ravi's appointment will make any difference.

  • on August 21, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Prior to the commencement of this series, I gave my prediction, 3-1 win for England in these columns. It has now come true. The reason I gave that prediction was the way players ego has been expanded mainly due to IPL and games back home in India. The players had no idea of their personal SWOT coming to England. Then the win at Lords magnified their egos too much with no one to tell them that Poms will try to bounce back hard, and which they did. With no clear match SWOT analysis and more of reactive planning rather than proactive, the boys went from loss to loss. look at Sri Lanka, they lost the coach to England and that was a blessing in disguise. Lanka won 1-0 in England. Though they lost 1-0 to South Africa, in a game where due to tampered cricket ball South Africa seam attack got prodigious swing to scuttle the Lankan side for low score, then hid under the table to draw the second. Then Lanka won 2-0 against Pakistan without foreign coach. India have faith on home talent to coach

  • titus_p on August 21, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    This is a frank opinion by Mr. Ravi Shastri. Hope he can instill some sort of confidence in the boys, to win some matches if not the ODI series. All the Best Sir!!

  • ListenToMe on August 21, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    "People would have accepted 3-1 if there was a little more fight." - That is the end of the story. We cricket fan don't expect India to win all matches in foreign conditions since we know that it is difficult beat someone at their home ground. But at the same time we know that our team is enough to pose a challenge to the opposition. It is ok to lose without fighting. But when it happens every match, we get humiliated, the country gets humiliated. The players should feel the pride to represent India. They should not allow the opposition to humiliate their country. It is a shame that our players did it. So I stopped watching India's tests. And I believe India will lose many fans if they repeat the mistake.

  • SLSup on August 21, 2014, 1:08 GMT

    Hmmm.... Ravi puts IND recent loss in ENG down to INEXPERIENCE and then gives an example of how the LAST TOUR in ENG had some of the BIGGEST NAMES in IND cricket and they LOST! Wow. Ya, he'll fix things! GOOD luck.

  • on August 21, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    the title of the page says it all.. we as fans would have accepted the defeat if the team would have shown some fight. This is absolute surrender and felt like watching those matches from 90's when there is no one up to take on and fight. Well said Mr. Shastri. I hope there is a turn around in tests sooner rather than later

  • wake_up_india on August 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    I hope Ravi's optimism comes true. What bothers me is that the flaws in technique that were on display appear to be quite fundamental -- techniques which should have been learned when one is 16 or 17 have not been mastered. These flaws are not the players' shortcomings but shortcomings of the cricketing establishment in Inda, particularly of late. If India is serious about Test Cricket, new players may be required.

  • JJJake on August 20, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    After some very poor performances India need a change in coaching/ mentoring. Don't know if Ravi is the man though. He may end up with a devided dressing room. It's a young team and he's already singleing out people as being spineless. You don't need this being said from someone in his role..let the media do that.

  • paggisalsa on August 20, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    Not a good interviewer. Pretty casual in asking questions.

  • ankeet88 on August 20, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Well the one day series will surely be interesting, considering the fact that, in the last two series in NZ and SA, the world champions were dismal. They went on to lose all the matches in NZ. So this one off assignment for Mr. Shastri could well indeed be one off

  • on August 20, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    It's very simple. In ODIs India will fare a lot lot better. Now Ravi should not take credit for that. Fact is the indian batsmen were exposed with lack of technique and tenacity. In ODIs you can be a bit free and the runs will come. The timing of the appointment of Ravi is bizarre . No two opinions there.

  • amitdi on August 20, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Shastri - My challenge is for the boys to enjoy themselves, play freely and express themselves.

    Sir, they just did that and you see what the result is...

  • on August 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    This is the open heart statement by Mr.Ravi Shastri written in the newspaper column: "Sit back and watch if these glam boys are ready for penance. If they are prepared to plunge their bare hands into the coal of fire and start from scratch." This is a true statement from a gentleman cricketer whose intention is to develop the Indian cricket towards in a positive method. His statements towards a player is not made in a criticized manner, but he makes the media person to make their mind to publish the positive aspect of a player in their column. It is better to have Ravi Shastri as a mentor cum motivator, so that the mistakes happened, to be happen can be rectified and the communication from him can be easily make the players to perform in a positive method. He has the reputation of a admired cricketer, a good master in terms of choosing the correct technique needed for the team with the available talent. By having him along with Sanjay Bangar, Arun we can surely improve

  • adv_nishanth on August 20, 2014, 16:55 GMT

    Blaming lack of experiece for this spineless performance is unacceptable. England too had an inexperienced side which was also low on confidence. India's poor selection and pathetic performance ( Fielding & batting) helped England turn things around.

    Agreed, India had some of the biggest names when we lost the series 4-0 in 2011. But, wasn't most of the batting superstars very well past their prime? Plus the bowling spearhead broke down on day 1 of the first test match. What happened? Nothing. BCCI still honored the reputation of the icons & most of them were on the flight to Australia. Result? Another 4-0 drubbing.

    Appointing Ravi Shastri & changing the coaching staff is an eye wash. The only likely casualties of this series will be Jadeja & Gambhir. Rest of them are most likely to be in the squad to Australia.

    Result? Nothing less than what Glenn MCGrath has predicted.

  • spintl on August 20, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    I have a proposal: In a population of 1Billion people, why can't we sport 3 teams for the 3 formats: Test,ODI &T20? Let's have a pool of 50 players (15 pure batsmen, 20 pure bowlers, 10 All rounders, 5 Wk) for each formats and players will be given a choice to choose which 1 format they would like to play. All players will be paid the same amount and will have to play the same number of days (does not matter if it is Test/ODI) obviously T20 will be different. That way we will have "specialists" for the different format. The captain (preferably 2, each will be given a run for 6 months) will then be chosen among the players who are really fit to play in the XI by their talent/ability.

  • Naikan on August 20, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    A lot of good points made there by Shastri. However many unrelated issues seem lobbed up together. To begin with I expect the team to do well irrespective of what happened in the tests as now it is Dhoni's domain - the shorter version of Cricket. So I hope that does not end up glossing over the glaring issues that the tests threw up. Secondly generalizing problems may not provide the real solution. For example I see many references to Dravid's 99 tour in various articles. That tends to gloss over the damage done to the current batting line up. Dravid's 99 tour was only a 3 test series and he did manage to have an 80 run partnership once (partnership & time spent in the middle being as critical as individual score in tests). Besides that was against Steve Waugh's team!! A team that had Mcgrath, Warne at their peaks and a young Brett Lee. SO I hope that whatever issues Kohli, Dhawan & to a lesser extent Pujara had, they are tackled more at a fundamental & individual level.

  • henchart on August 20, 2014, 16:24 GMT

    @wapuser : Just let me know how many overseas test tours were undertaken by Team India with Gary Kirsten as Coach save one to New Zealand in March -April 2009 ?By overseas I mean outside the subcontinent.Winning regularly on home bred pitches doesnt make a team great.Ask India.Winning tests abroad consistently makes a team champion.Ask South Africa.

  • cricpanther on August 20, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    Great to see Shastri is joining and have full authority to make any cricketing decisions!! Even in your commentary is not just the narrating the situation but he is eager to contribute the indian cricket. He has hunger and passion for the country and one of most honest, brave and true legend of the game. I hope now Dhoni will keep quiet and dont do silly selections and decisions. I would say why can't replace Dhoni from test captaincy?? Gambhir is the player who can full fill if given a chance and faith on him. In Odi why virat kohli? as vice captain? why not Raina or Rohit? both are playing well when they are loaded with responsibility. India have to re focus, adjust asap toward moving, bouncing and spinning balls!!! As 2015 world cup is all about those things and Aus, NZ, Eng, SA already good for these conditions.

  • on August 20, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    ODI's will be different from Tests. They use White ball instead of Red ball. White one swings a lot less than Red one and that swing also doesn't last for long. Good opportunity for Shikar, Rohit, Virat to come back to form and then lead to Australia. I think guys who play in both the formats must skip ODI series against WI at home and play only the test matches so that they can be in test match mode before going to Australia later.It will also help the selectors to test the bench strength for ODI's. From this series we know one thing that our top order batsmen can handle pace and bounce as seen from New Zealand and South Africa series but could not handle the swinging ball that well. The coaching and supporting staff must take into account of this and create opportunities for the young batsmen to face these conditions either by arranging India A team tours or by allowing them to play county cricket. Or else History repeats itself on coming tours...

  • on August 20, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Not sure this move will have any serious impact-what happens if the poor performance is repeated in ODI too - will we relate it as inexperience.What hurts about the tests is the total surrender- Dhoni's lackluster role as a captain in the field and as keeper are also significant factors that is a cause for concern in tests.Besides the team combination left a lot to be desired.No innovative thinking in batting order changes against the run of play just to see if it helps contributed to the thrashing in last 3 days-the size of the defeat in 3 days is humiliating for players for the fans When they win the rewards are mind blogging,why not punish when they fail to perform with suspension of match fees.

  • on August 20, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    @henchart How conveniently have you excluded Gary Kirsten - the man who won India the World Cup - as a foreign coach who has done well with India. Give me a break break.

  • spinkingKK on August 20, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    I have no doubt Kohli will come back strong. The guy is a fighter. But, I suggest dropping him to make him stronger. But, I don't think Pujara will do anything different. He will be a good player withing India and even overseas when bowlers are not to charged up with the look of the pitch. Pujara should develop the fight and grit needed for the international test matches. All the best to him too, though. I only said my observation. I am only happy if he scores a triple century in the Australian tour. Shastri telling the team exactly what his long time captain, Kapildev, told his Indian team in 1999 tour of Australia. Go and enjoy your game. They just went and enjoyed by playing rash shots. I hope this team doesn't misunderstand the enjoyment same way. In any case, India got a good ODI team.

  • henchart on August 20, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    At the end of the day Ravi Shastri or for that matter Duncan Fletcher cant bat and bowl on behalf of the Indian team.You can take the Horse to the water but cant make it drink.The commitment and dedication shown by SLK and Pakistan players are much more than Indians when it comes to heeding the Coach's words.No wonder Foreign coaches like Whatmore have done better when working with SLK and Pak.Wright was an exception for India but Ganguly's traits as skipper were n times better than Dhoni's. Ganguly had a flair for leadership unlike Dhoni. Current crop of Indians read Dhoni,Kohli,Sharma(Ishant-Rohit),Dhawan ,Jadeja wont care for Sobers also if he were to coach India.India's results ,especially overseas,speak for themselves .

  • glen1 on August 20, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    'Everybody reports to me'; hope this is true of Dhoni. Team selection should not be left to Dhoni alone. There needs to be a discussion of weather, ground and fitness, before a team is picked. Shastri needs to put the scare in Kohli, Dhawan, Rohit and others that BCCI does not mind throwing them out if they don't perform.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on August 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    what happen to indian team.no fight no teamspirit.some players like dhawan,rohit,pujara and ghmbir shows there best performance but they all fail.i really missed zaheer khan in this tour.

  • on August 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    He keeps saying calculate the no of caps which he means no of test match played... at the same time why don't you calculate the money they are getting and then divide that with no of test match... then we will see .. Mr.Shastri ????

  • on August 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    At some point you have to bounce back so India will, Shastri or No Shastri. Sure former senior players should help and teach how to fight and not get bogged down. India have lost by innings many times in the past. One day is different but will be tough if they loose first couple of games. Good luck and use these games for WC preparation, should give chances to new players if possible.

  • on August 20, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Does Ravi keep his comms job while he does this? He's right about the last 2 tests. India didn't look like they wanted it enough, and England looked like they had finally woken up from their Mitchmare of last winter. The BCCI and ECB need to sort out their differences for the good of the game. Let England players play IPL (Alex Hales is a very exciting talent, and Buttler would also do well), and let Indian players play county cricket to improve their knowledge of English conditions (didn't do Sachin or Dravid any harm). Pleased to see Pujara doing it, but before the tour would have been better (Sanga played a few county matches before the SL tour, and it worked for a man of his experience).

  • ladycricfan on August 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Something needs to be changed and hope things work out in the odi series. The mood Kholi is in at the moment he should be rested for the ODIs and like Pujara try to play some county cricket. Even Vijay and others who don't play ODIs should do the same. It will prepare them better before the Australia series.

  • prudhvirazz on August 20, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I seriously doubt that kohli will bounce back. He got dismissed 6 times in the exact similar fashion. It got to him. He knew Outside off stump will be targeted. He said he was working on it. Still he got out in the similar fashion. Weakness like this can't be over come so easily. Remember this is not a ICC event. You won't get Flat pitches for all the matches like we got for ICC championship.

    Pujara just didn't apply himself. He wasn't behind the ball while playing the balls out side off-stump, didn't get to pitch of the ball, lazy at times, casual at times.

    Pujara was the most disappointing and Kohli was the most surprising.

    I don't see India winning ODI series so easily.

  • Yevghenny on August 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    This is not a new thing for India, they have been awful on the road for the last 3 years, and have done nothing about it. Test cricket is brutally unforgiving, it cannot be taken lightly

  • on August 20, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Mr shastri is the man! whatever the outcome of this odi series be, as long as we see drastic changes happening with players showing a fight, he should be our man till the world cup. Do you agree folks?

  • imtiazjaleel on August 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Shastri, I would say is bit lucky in getting this job for ODI series. Maybe India can fair better and produce some favorable results for him.

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    What a superb interview. Reading this one can get motivated. I hope Mr. Shastri will bring back the synergy to the wounded team. As we all know that the wounded tiger is very dangerous. ;)

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Agreeing with Shastri on the inexperience point - but at this level the players are expected to adjust to the varied situation. Wonder why Shastri didn't touch upon the lack of self discipline & the passion/will to succeed, which was so blatantly exposed for all to see. Expected that ODI matches will see India in a different perspective - being their favourite format. Shastri's contribution for ODIs may not be much to count on. Good Luck to the team - hope no more embarrassments !!!

  • LondonRaj on August 20, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Very positive approach from Shastri. The top Indian order has immense talent. And they are very young. They need a mentor or a guide to show them how to deal with this failure. Replacing captain or sending the failed players back home is definitely not an option. They are at their worst now. Only way now is up.

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Well Said Shastriji. It is time for the team to pull up the socks & play. Only thing is application is important & injury prone should not be there.(Ishant missing 2 tests) Look back what had happened do not look back what has happened. Move forward with +ve frame of mind. Delivery the good in right spirit. Wish both the teams SUCCESS!!!!!!!!

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Shastri,Appreciate your valid contributions,advice and we all want to see the likes of Pujara and Kohli bounce back and bounce back strongly.We want to see them at their best in Australia....Don't run away after the ODI series....We need Indian coaches at the helm and talk with young guys and prepare them for big challenges...We all back the team at their low,but at the same time,we want them to show their class as return..Looking forward for some positive results..Way to go guys..play for the pride,you are playing for Mother INDIA...A billion people behind you.....Good luck...

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  • on August 20, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Shastri,Appreciate your valid contributions,advice and we all want to see the likes of Pujara and Kohli bounce back and bounce back strongly.We want to see them at their best in Australia....Don't run away after the ODI series....We need Indian coaches at the helm and talk with young guys and prepare them for big challenges...We all back the team at their low,but at the same time,we want them to show their class as return..Looking forward for some positive results..Way to go guys..play for the pride,you are playing for Mother INDIA...A billion people behind you.....Good luck...

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    Well Said Shastriji. It is time for the team to pull up the socks & play. Only thing is application is important & injury prone should not be there.(Ishant missing 2 tests) Look back what had happened do not look back what has happened. Move forward with +ve frame of mind. Delivery the good in right spirit. Wish both the teams SUCCESS!!!!!!!!

  • LondonRaj on August 20, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Very positive approach from Shastri. The top Indian order has immense talent. And they are very young. They need a mentor or a guide to show them how to deal with this failure. Replacing captain or sending the failed players back home is definitely not an option. They are at their worst now. Only way now is up.

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Agreeing with Shastri on the inexperience point - but at this level the players are expected to adjust to the varied situation. Wonder why Shastri didn't touch upon the lack of self discipline & the passion/will to succeed, which was so blatantly exposed for all to see. Expected that ODI matches will see India in a different perspective - being their favourite format. Shastri's contribution for ODIs may not be much to count on. Good Luck to the team - hope no more embarrassments !!!

  • on August 20, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    What a superb interview. Reading this one can get motivated. I hope Mr. Shastri will bring back the synergy to the wounded team. As we all know that the wounded tiger is very dangerous. ;)

  • imtiazjaleel on August 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Shastri, I would say is bit lucky in getting this job for ODI series. Maybe India can fair better and produce some favorable results for him.

  • on August 20, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Mr shastri is the man! whatever the outcome of this odi series be, as long as we see drastic changes happening with players showing a fight, he should be our man till the world cup. Do you agree folks?

  • Yevghenny on August 20, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    This is not a new thing for India, they have been awful on the road for the last 3 years, and have done nothing about it. Test cricket is brutally unforgiving, it cannot be taken lightly

  • prudhvirazz on August 20, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    I seriously doubt that kohli will bounce back. He got dismissed 6 times in the exact similar fashion. It got to him. He knew Outside off stump will be targeted. He said he was working on it. Still he got out in the similar fashion. Weakness like this can't be over come so easily. Remember this is not a ICC event. You won't get Flat pitches for all the matches like we got for ICC championship.

    Pujara just didn't apply himself. He wasn't behind the ball while playing the balls out side off-stump, didn't get to pitch of the ball, lazy at times, casual at times.

    Pujara was the most disappointing and Kohli was the most surprising.

    I don't see India winning ODI series so easily.

  • ladycricfan on August 20, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Something needs to be changed and hope things work out in the odi series. The mood Kholi is in at the moment he should be rested for the ODIs and like Pujara try to play some county cricket. Even Vijay and others who don't play ODIs should do the same. It will prepare them better before the Australia series.