India coach Ravi Shastri to ask for and get his own support staff

first_imgWhile Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid have been appointed bowling and batting consultants for the Indian team, India Today can confirm that head coach Ravi Shastri will soon ask for his own support staff and will also be given the men of his choice.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the Cricket Advisory Committee also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.But Zaheer, it is learnt, doesn’t want to do the job full time. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.This comes a day after Shastri spoke to India Today where he said that Dravid and Zaheer’s inputs will be invaluable to the team.”I think invaluable. The inputs from Dravid and Zaheer will be invaluable. Even when I was in charge of the team I had a chat with both these players and asked them to spend some time with the boys and share their experience. It’s invaluable. You need some fresh inputs and input always helps,” Shastri told India Today in an exclusive chat from London.Dravid will continue to coach the junior teams after accepting a two-year contract recently.Dravid and Zaheer worked together at Delhi Daredevils for two seasons where the former was the team mentor-cum-coach and the latter is the captain and the most senior player in the squad.advertisementShastri meanwhile, also said that he is yet to speak to India captain Virat Kohli about his alleged rift with Anil Kumble.”I’ve not spoken to him (Virat Kohli). I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me,” Shastri said.last_img read more

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