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‘Shastri had very low tolerance for players who…’: Karthik on former India coach | Cricket

Ravi Shastri will go down in history as one of, if not the most successful head coaches of Indian cricket. If John Wright took India to new heights and India under the tutelage of Gary Kirsten won the World Cup in 2011, Shastri helped transform the next generation Indian team – a team that was not afraid of any situation or opposition and fire with fire treated. The Shastri-Virat Kohli combination did wonders for Indian cricket as the team posted two Test Series victories in Australia, went 2-2 in England and reached the first-ever final of the World Test Championship. With Shastri’s help, India lived up to the reputation of being a strong traveling unit.

Shastri always spoke of his support for his players, even though they performed poorly. But at the same time, the former India coach had no room for complacency, fitness issues or players he thought were not learning despite repeated guidance. Veteran India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik, who played during the Shastri era, especially during the 2019 World Cup, described the former India all-rounder’s coaching methods and identified two things he could not tolerate.

“He had a very low tolerance for someone who wouldn’t bat at a pace that he didn’t like or someone who did it very differently in the nets and in the game, he would bat differently. He wouldn’t be very appreciative. ” Shastri knew exactly what he wanted from the team, the way it was played, but his tolerance for failure was very small. He always forced people to do it really well,” Karthik said in the Cricbuzz documentary series ‘Summer Stalemate’ .

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Usually, Shastri would take a bullet for the team, but there have been instances where he has made public his disappointment with a particular player. In 2018, Shastri openly criticized Cheteshwar Pujara for his poor run between the wicket, saying he didn’t want him to be ‘Usain Bolt’. Later, in 2019, Shastri pointed to Rishabh Pant’s brash shots and said that if the young wicketkeeper didn’t learn, he would get a ‘knock on the knuckle’. That was the aura of Shastri. Shastri the player was always full of promise but he couldn’t take full advantage of it but Karthik thinks Shastri the coach more than made up for it.

“I think Shastri, the player, was someone who probably wasn’t that talented, but fulfilled his talent as a coach. He did much better than what was expected of him. As a coach, he was a bigger than life person. He was someone that pushed players to achieve special things,” he added.



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