Ravi Shastri has revealed why he supports Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara. Despite their poor form throughout the England Test series. This year, Rahane has 372 runs in 19 Test innings. In addition, his average has been below 20. Pujara has 591 runs in 20 innings at a 31.11 average. Both batters have had considerably better seasons in the past. They have not, however, played major roles for Team India. The New Indian Express had an interview with him. Shastri was asked if he ever considered dropping either of the two batters.
“It is very easy to just get rid of players if they failed in one or two innings. But you should know experience is not sold in the market and it can’t be bought. It is something you earn and unless you have a replacement, double that experience when it comes to quality, you should not be thinking,” Ravi Shastri replied.
Furthermore, during the same interview. Ravi Shastri was asked why he decided to leave the head coach’s position. After the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. He said that there is a time for everything. Also, added it was hard for him to stay away from his family for a long period.
“There is a time for everything. We have done it for seven years and in these tough times, you need a break. I was not 45 or 50 anymore. And when you travel non-stop, long time away from home and family, it is hard,” said Ravi Shastri.
“Basically, whatever I wanted to achieve with them, I more than accomplished more than that. So I thought it is the right time to leave and so that the team gets someone new with fresh ideas to take them forward. So it was a conscious decision taken in England itself,” Shastri concluded.