Shastri wants India players to focus on cricket

Posted July 20, 2017

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But Kohli said he doesn't feel any added pressure because of the captaincy.

Ravi Shastri, like a tracer bullet, came out to defend his captain.

Anything else would lead to a conflict of interest. "I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be, and what you heard is my core team". My job is to do just that. I don't think the break is a problem. We also want that as players.

"That tour for us was a landmark tour", said Kohli. Kohli recalled the path-breaking tour and spoke on the transformation of the team. You look at that track record. And we have the side to win away from home. Later, India thumped South Africa 3-0 in home Test series and reached semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20. Their recommendation of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan for consultant positions on batting and bowling is being accepted like an afterthought, to buy peace, rather than serve the principle that they are suitable. "But Ravi Sir and and Bharat Arun Sir are jolly people and I think we are going to have a lot of fun in Sri Lanka", he opined. "That's something I have focussed on the past couple of months", he said in a Mumbai hotel on Wednesday (July 19). Speculations are not in my control.

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"Our job is to perform on the field".

Recently appointed Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team, Ravi Shastri picks up Sachin Tendulkar as a choice for being the consultant of the team.

Similar is the case with Zaheer, who wants be around with the team for about 25 days in a year and continue with his other engagements including the IPL. Credit should always go to the players. If they are number one today, its their efforts that they have out in over the three years and they deserve the credit.

Despite doing well in his two-year term, the BCCI overlooked Shastri in favour Anil Kumble last year after Shastri's term ended in 2016. It was the team's first series victory on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years and became a highlight of Shastri and Kohli's careers. "The mindset was immediately to win the series and losing the first Test came as a shock to us but the way we bounced back was only because of the team culture that we had created", said Kohli. Whatever is happening off the field doesn't bother us. "I certainly don't take any added pressure", he added.

Bharat Arun made a mark in the domestic circuit due to his exploits as a medium pacer. "In the last World Cup we took 77 wickets", said Shastri.