Is India's Cricket World Cup Squad Finalised? Here's What Kohli, Shastri Reveal

Doug Mendoza
November 16, 2018

"I thinks it's Test cricket that we really need to tighten things up and keep moving forward and correcting those mistakes. So 13 games. So we will try and play the best team at all times", said Shastri.

India's period of experimenting with their one-day global side is over with a little over six months before the 2019 ICC World Cup in England, head coach Ravi Shastri confirmed on Thursday. For that to happen people will have to take more ownership.

The resting of key all-format players such as captain Virat Kohli, injuries to allrounders Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. managing the workload of fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and the search for batsmen to occupy middle-order slots have all contributed to India testing a wide pool of players. More of our focus during this tour will be on how batsmen bat well together. If they get going, they can literally change the whole course of the game or course of the whole series. "That's a very personal thing for them. Now is the time to really get focused, play as a unit", Shastri told reporters before India's departure for Australia. After a long time, we feel like we can pick up 20 wickets in every game. "So you don't find the need for these things at all".

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"The contribution that he has brought to the table every since we started building the team is making people believe that they belong at this level", the Indian captain stressed.

Kohli bats for Shastri, says the coach is no "Yes Man" MUMBAI Virat Kohli staunchly supported Ravi Shastri, saying the growing perception of head coach being a "yes" man to the skipper "is the most freakish thing he has ever heard". "About saying yes all the time, that is the most freaky thing I've heard". Adding to his statement, Steve Waugh said that he could understand that the present Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri may have said that to boost the morale of the team but felt this could have been avoided. He's one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion - if something doesn't need to be done, he'll tell you. "And I can vouch for that because at a time when we all went through a hard period in England in 2014, for me to able to come out of the shell and a lot of other players, Shikhar in 2015 World Cup, he can vouch for that for as well. I've made the most changes to my game listening to him [Shastri] than anyone else in the past", Kohli said. He has been the most important factor as far as getting the best out of players.

"It is mostly about man management at this level and Ravi bhai has done that brilliantly".

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