A lot of questions were being asked about Team India’s poor performance in the recently concluded series against England, which the visitors lost by 4-1. Their decision to not play any warm-up games before the England series became a hot topic and critics slammed the Indian support staff, including Ravi Shastri, for taking such decision.
And it seems Shastri has taken this criticism quite seriously. India’s head coach Ravi Shastri now revealed that he has requested the BCCI to arrange for a couple of practice matches before the Australia tour kicks off this year.
Shastri also shared that the rumors of him being averse to the idea of playing practice games are completely baseless.
He said, “Absolutely not. Why would we be? You can only see the results (in the England series). Every time after the second Test we have improved. You can still get better But, why can’t we be in that position in the final Test match?”
He, however, said it was not always possible to play as many warm-up matches as the team would like, given the hectic international calendar.
“If you have two to three games against weaker sides we don’t mind because it is a game. But when you have a schedule this tight and you have a memorandum of understanding that has already been formulated, with a choc-a-bloc calendar there is very little you can do,” Shastri said.
“Now, we have requested for a couple of games in Australia before the Test series. But is there space? That is the question.”
The series defeat in England led a number of critics questioning the role of India’s support staff, including Shastri. But he said that he has full faith in India’s support staff and he believes they have all the experience to lead the team in the right direction.
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Sports Journalist by profession, a Cricket Fanatic by passion. Aayush Sharma has been following the game of cricket since childhood and considers Sachin Tendulkar as his idol. When in free time, he loves to read books or go out and play some gully cricket with friends. For him, Tennis ace Roger Federer and F1 Legend Michael Schumacher are the only sportspersons that reach the level of Tendulkar