Indian fans are not over with the T20 World Cup 2022 heartbreak yet, but players have moved on as the Men in Blue will be taking on New Zealand in a three-match T20I series. A young team without most of the senior players has been sent to New Zealand. Hardik Pandya has been named as the captain of the T20I team while Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team in ODIs.
Meanwhile, VVS Laxman, the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) Director has been sent with the team as the head coach as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to rest regular head coach Rahul Dravid. This is not the first time Dravid has been rested. The Indian head coach also missed the West Indies and Zimbabwe tour because of ‘workload management’.
Now, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has questioned the Indian cricket board’s decision to give frequent rests to the current head coach. Shastri has said that he does not believe in breaks as they affect the relationship between the players and the coach. He also asked about the purpose of these breaks.
"I do not believe in breaks. Because I want to understand my team, I want to understand my players and I want to be in control of that team. These breaks... what do you need that many breaks for, to be honest? You get your 2-3 months of the IPL, that's enough for you to rest as a coach. But other times, I think a coach should be hands-on, whoever he is," Shastri said during a virtual interaction as quoted by ANI.
The former coach then also backed VVS Laxman to kick off the rebuilding phase straightway and identify specialists in this format. Shastri also said that players should be backed to play fearless cricket.
"I think that is the way forward. VVS is right. They will identify the specialists, especially with youngsters because going forward, that should be the mantra. Two years from now, identify and make that Indian team into a terrific fielding side and of course identify roles for these youngsters who could be fearless. And go out there and play that kind of cricket without any baggage whatsoever," Shastri stated.