25 February, 2021

'Cricket Can't Be Like A Desk Job'

The new manager's prescription: young legs and getting back the fun element

'Cricket Can't Be Like A Desk Job'

Think Ravi Shastri and words like flamboyant, competitive and analytical spring to mind. The former India captain—he led India in one Test and 11 ODIs—will have to bring all those qualities to the table when he dons the mantle of cricket manager on the beleaguered Indian team’s tour of Bangladesh next month. "You have got to put up your hand at some stage in life, albeit for a short time," Shastri told Outlook. "I love challenges, so when I was asked, I said yes. I have never shied away from a challenge." 

He is under no illusion that these are difficult times for Indian cricket, what with the squad crashing out in the first round itself of World Cup ’07. "I have said it before and I’ll say it again that a good team cannot become a bad team in two weeks and a good side cannot transform into a brilliant one in two weeks," he says, advocating patience. "I believe there’s a lot of talent in India and it’s just about getting...

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