Team India’s new coach Ravi Shastri first assignment is the team’s tour to Sri Lanka. Back at the helm after Anil Kumble’s departure, Shastri made it clear that once the players step into the field, it’s their domain.
“They know their job, they are professional cricketers. Once they step on the field they take over. That is how it should be,” said Shastri.
Shastri wants the team to play a ‘fearless brand of cricket’. “My role will be to get the guys in frame of mind that they get out and express themselves and play fearless brand of cricket,” said Shastri.
However, he said that Sri Lanka can’t be taken lightly at home. “Their track record playing at home is as good as any other team. We would look to improve in the series. Else there is no point playing. You have to try and raise the bar whenever you play,” said Shastri.
For Shastri, Sri Lanka is like his second home.
“The first stamp on my passport was that of Sri Lanka. I came for the first time as an 18-year-old. Then first stint as a broadcaster in Sri Lanka in 1994. Now first stint as coach happens to here. I have lot of fond memories,” said Shastri.