Dear Ravi Shastri, Sachin Tendulkar can not join as consultant - here's why

Javier Stokes
July 20, 2017

Former cricketer Ravi Shastri, who has been recently appointed as head coach of the Indian cricket team, on Wednesday insisted that coaches like him and Anil Kumble will come and go and that it is the team who should be credited for their exceedingly well performance in last three years.

A four-member panel, formed by the Committee of Administrators (CoA), has decided that newly-appointed head coach Ravi Shastri would get a salary of Rs 8 crore per annum. As the team embarks on new journeys after the disappointment of the Champions Trophy, its destiny is in its own hands as the choice of coaching personnel is that of the captain and head coach. "I started as a player and you only focus on the series that you have to play", he said as the team embarks on a tour featuring three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off Twenty20 International. I will carry on from where I left.

India capitulated in the first Test at Galle before bouncing back to win the next two Tests and win the series 2-1.

Here, we look at the timeline of events ever since Kumble's appointment as head coach previous year. "We have that culture in the team to win from any situation". "I don't come with any baggage", Shastri said. Some feel that too many legends-Tendulkar, Ganguly, Kumble, Laxman-have been insulted in order to please a brash young captain who doesn't know what's best for him. But, Shastri is one who will not compromise on quality when it comes to the Indian cricket team. Shastri said, "I have matured immensely".

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It is then that Kohli told Sehwag he had reservations."Paaji, I have a lot of respect for you for what you can bring to the table but you have to understand that there is a professional set-up in place, therefore this cannot happen". I have no problems whatsoever in you applying for the role. He said: "I think that tour (of Sri Lanka in 2015) for us was a landmark".

Bharat Arun made a mark in the domestic circuit due to his exploits as a medium pacer. Everyone of us has faced hardships in the past. I did that because I take them along and also not give an opportunity to say that we took a decision behind their back and all that.

From the very beginning of the selection process, it is well known that skipper Virat Kohli is backing Shastri in every moment, the same is happening now and Shastri is picking the supporting staff as per his convenience with the support of Kohli. Firstly as a player, when you play the game. you want the mind clear.

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