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No extra pressure after Shastri takes over as head coach: Kohli

20 July, 2017, 00:58 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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Mumbai: Soon after the Committee of Administrators acknowledged that the Cricket Advisory Committee has surpassed its limit to select the supporting staff for the Indian Cricket team, the BCCI sent out a statement to confirm that the Team India camp will be selecting the support staff, moving forward with the head coach Ravi Shastri.

Shastri had replaced Anil Kumble as India's head coach after the latter resigned from the post following a successful one-year tenure that ended on a bitter note after fallout with Kohli.

Kohli was accused of forcing out Kumble after the spin legend resigned last month, saying his relationship with the captain had become "untenable".

When asked what it felt like to have his own team, Shastri said: "I will answer that same question wearing two hats, and I promise you there is no conflict of interest here".

While addressing his first press conference since getting the position, the former Team Director spoke about the challenges ahead, the first of which is a tour of Sri Lanka. I continue to take responsibility till the time I am captain. Mine will be a refresh button that will be pushed and I carry on from where I left.

"We will be playing practice matches there as well and that will be crucial before the first Test", Saha said.

India lost the first of the three-test series against their South Asian neighbours but won the next two matches. "There is track record, 15 yrs he has been coaching". He wants the BCCI to compensate him if it also means a pay cut. I don't come in with any baggage. "I did not know about the conditions of Kumble's contract that it was one year". But, Shastri is one who will not compromise on quality when it comes to the Indian cricket team. Speculations are not in my control and criticism is something I have learned to live with. I don't think I need to understand anything else. Shastri, who was appointed India coach after much confusion, said that coaches will come and go but what is important is the team. We showed more belief in our abilities and our mindset changed.

■Most importantly, Virender Sehwag got what we all wanted-the fact that he isn't the coach means he'll have more time to tweet.

"We have worked with this team for the past three years so I think we have great understanding", countered Kohli. No added pressure. What has to happen will happen.

"I doubt for 25 days in a year, you would want to forgo all your other commitments", reckoned the member.

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.


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