Cricket News: Shastri wants a ‘very important’ shift in the selection process for Team India

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Source: indianexpress.com

Cricket News: Ravi Shastri, Team India’s former head coach, recently expressed his displeasure with the team’s selection for the 2019 ODI World Cup, claiming that he was unhappy with the inclusion of three wicketkeepers in the roster. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik represented India at the World Cup, and Rishabh Pant was recruited into the squad due to an injury midway through the competition. All three players competed in India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand by 18 runs.

Shastri believes that the coach and captain should “have a voice” in team selection in the future.

“I believe it is critical for the coach and captain to have an official say in team selection moving ahead.” It’s crucial, especially if the coach has a lot of experience. “I was there, Rahul (Dravid) was there, and the skipper should have a say as well,” Shastri told Star Sports.

The former head coach expressed his disappointment with the inclusion of three wicketkeepers in the 2019 World Cup roster, but said that he “never interfered with selectors’ work.”

“I didn’t agree with the selection of three wicketkeepers for the World Cup.” Ambati (Rayudu) or Shreyas (Iyer) could have entered the room. What was the point of combining MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik? “However, except when I was asked for feedback or as part of a broader discussion, I never interfered with the selectors’ work,” Shastri added.

vAmbati Rayudu played in a number of limited-overs series for India building up to the ODI World Cup, including the final international match before the championship against Australia. However, he was unexpectedly dismissed from the 15-man World Cup roster, sparking much outrage; all-rounder Vijay Shankar was chosen in his place.

Shastri’s term as a head coach came to an end last month when India was eliminated in the group stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup. While Rahul Dravid succeeded Shastri as India’s Test and One-Day International captain, Rohit Sharma has subsequently taken over as the T20I and ODI captain. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli is still the Test captain.

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