Kohli ex­pects smooth ride with Shastri

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Mumbai, In­dia - In­dian cap­tain Vi­rat Kohli said on Wed­nes­day he wants a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with new coach Ravi Shastri af­ter the ac­ri­mo­nious de­par­ture of Anil Kum­ble.

And the skip­per ex­pressed con­fi­dence he can make it work with Shastri. "We know what's ex­pected and what's on the plate," he said ahead of In­dia's de­par­ture for a tour of Sri Lanka.

Kohli was ac­cused of forc­ing out Kum­ble af­ter the spin leg­end re­signed last month, say­ing his re­la­tion­ship with the cap­tain had be­come "un­ten­able".

Kohli kept si­lent dur­ing the se­lec­tion process that cul­mi­nated in the re­turn of Shastri, who was team direc­tor be­tween 2014-16.

Speak­ing to me­dia with Shastri at his side, Kohli spoke of the cap­tain-coach re­la­tion­ship and the way ahead for the world No 1 Test side. "We have worked to­gether for three years. I don't think I need to un­der­stand any­thing else. We know what's ex­pected and what's on the plate. I don't think it will re­quire any ef­fort," Kohli said.

"A lot of spec­u­la­tions and lot of things fly around, those things are not in my con­trol. My job is to try and get the best out of this team along with the man­age­ment and per­form to the best of my abil­i­ties which I be­lieve in," the star bats­man added.

Shastri, who has been given a two-year con­tract run­ning up to the 2019 World Cup, also spoke of the need to com­mu­ni­cate bet­ter in order for a team to pros­per.

"I carry on from where I left. I don't come with any bag­gage... My job is to put every player in a frame of mind where he is think­ing only about his role and the team he is play­ing for," said the former all-rounder.

Shastri, 55, edged other high­pro­file names in­clud­ing com­pa­triot Viren­der Se­hwag and Aus­tralia's Tom Moody af­ter a tough se­lec­tion process.

But Shastri in­sisted that while coaches may come and go, it is the team which should get the credit for any suc­cess.

"The team has done ex­ceed­ingly well over three years and they are the peo­ple who de­serve the credit more than any­one else. Ravi Shas­tris, Anil Kum­bles will come and go," said Shastri.

"The fab­ric of In­dian cricket will re­main and the credit should go to ev­ery­one who's par­tic­i­pated in this In­dian team."

In­dia will play three Tests, five one-day­ers and a Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka. The first Test starts on July 26 in Galle.

In­dia en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess un­der both Shastri as team direc­tor and Kum­ble as coach. Dur­ing Kum­ble's one-year reign, In­dia won se­ries in West Indies, and at home against New Zealand, Eng­land, Bangladesh and Aus­tralia, los­ing only one of 17 Test matches along the way.

Un­der Shastri, whose ear­lier ten­ure as team direc­tor lasted al­most two years, In­dia made it to semi­fi­nals of suc­ces­sive global events - the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20, and also won their first lim­ited-overs bi­lat­eral se­ries in Aus­tralia, white­wash­ing the hosts 3-0 in T20Is.

Ravi Shastri (left) and Vi­rat Kohli

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