Ravi Shastri the ideal man to steer team out of this mess

first_imgYajurvindra SinghDesperate times call for desperate measures. These words are so true as regards the BCCI. In order to diffuse the anger of the millions of disappointed Indian cricket fans, Board officials have shown they can take instant decisions. The situation did require a quick remedy and the urgency in which it was handled augurs well for them. The appointments of Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R. Sridhar have come as a breath of fresh air.In cricket and, especially, on a long tour, defeats can cause depression and disharmony between teammates. The only option thereafter is to get a think tank that has no relationships to solve the issues.Team Director Ravi ShastriRavi Shastri and his team will have to give each Indian cricketer a hearing and then devise a strategy to bring them together as a single unit. Individual failures will need to be ironed out immediately, as apart from one’s own disappointment, a sportsman feels he has let the team down.Although such a drastic step has never been taken in the history of Indian cricket, the present world believes in delivery, targets, performances and the return on investment. The mantra is to perform or perish and unfortunately Duncan Fletcher and his support staff have failed to deliver. Being from the old school of thought, one feels sorry for them, but the rewards they reap when the team wins has the opposite effect during a defeat.One is at a loss to understand the sudden downfall of the Indian side after their magnificent performance at Lord’s. One wonders how a bunch of happy and confident cricketers could so quickly fall from grace.advertisementDuncan FletcherShastri, with his cricket experience, is a very good choice to diagnose and cure the present Indian condition. He is a no-nonsense man and has a very clever, competitive, and astute cricket mind. He understands every aspect of English cricket, having done well there while donning the Indian colours as well as a professional cricketer for Glamorgan. He now also knows the way the English think through his stint as a commentator.He brings a lot to the table, but his challenge will be to instil his tenacious aggression and his street fighting gunslinger attitude into the defeated youngsters.The one-dayers are great for such a turnaround. However, one should not forget that winning Test matches overseas is our main problematic issue and India will need to find a remedy soon before we go to Australia in the winter.(The writer is a former Test cricketer)last_img