Cricket Sports: Ravi Shastri says “What was the logic in having Dhoni, Rishabh and Dinesh all together?”

Cricket Sports: Ravi Shastri has conceded that the group selected for the 2019 ODI World Cup has a lot of room for improvement. The choice to select three wicketkeepers perplexed Shastri the most. Shastri, on the other hand, maintained that he never intervened in the selection process. India’s World Cup squad has been announced. It sparked outrage among cricket fans and former players. Virat Kohli publicly admitted in the build-up to the ICC event that Ambati Rayudu will not be selected. Shastri would bat fourth for the team. When asked about his thoughts on the confusing team decision, he said yes. Instead of three wicketkeepers, Shastri admitted that either Rayudu or Shreyas Iyer should have been on the team.

“I had no say in that. But I wasn’t okay with three wicketkeepers being picked for the World Cup. Either Ambati or Shreyas could’ve come in. What was the logic in having MS Dhoni, Rishabh, and Dinesh all together?,” Ravi Shastri said.

Cricket Sports: “But I never interfered with the selectors’ work, except when I was asked for feedback or as part of a general discussion,” Shastri added.

In addition, India made a strong performance in England during the 2019 ODI World Cup. It was until the semi-finals in Manchester that their batting disintegrated against New Zealand. India also crashed to 24 for 4 in pursuit of a 240-run total. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni pushed them before half-centuries.

Cricket Sports: Ravi Shastri says “What was the logic in having Dhoni, Rishabh and Dinesh all together?”

Ravi Shastri

Cricket Sports: During Ravi Shastri’s stint as head coach, as well. India’s fast bowling unit has progressed to become one of the best in the world. Jasprit Bumrah has been instrumental in transforming India’s bowling attack. Bumrah built his mark as a limited-overs pacer in his early career. Given his unusual bowling action, there were concerns about his Test utility. But in South Africa, the fast bowler addressed his doubters with a memorable Test debut. Bumrah took four wickets in Cape Town, due to India losing by 72 runs.

“Cape Town was on my mind almost two months before we had landed there. Me and (Bharat) Arun were at a function in Kolkata during Durga Puja when I called Jasprit. It was September 2017, and I told him to be ‘ready’ for SA. That guy couldn’t believe – all he said was ‘playing Test cricket is my dream,” Ravi Shastri said.

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