Tuesday , July 17 2018

Be persistent with KL Rahul, states Ravi Shastri

I think KL Rahul has got to perceive his own game, which he is doing currently, said Ravi Shastri.


Bengaluru: With an unvanquished test run dating back to August 2015 coupled with 3 ODI series wins, India has been an immovable force over the last couple of years in world cricket. An evolution that has seen the side rework once more as world-beaters.

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Having worked closely in creating this formidable outfit, former technical director of the team, Ravi Shastri believes that this team is one of the foremost confident sides in Indian cricket history.

“No question about it. They have put in a very ton of hard work in achieving that. They have good bench strength, they have balance and players who are exciting. They have youngsters rising the ranks and it’s a decent position to be,” said Shastri on the sidelines of a promotional event here on Tuesday.

With the Virat Kohli side, unbeaten in the last eighteen test matches with fourteen victories set to require on Bangla Desh in a very one-off test in Hyderabad, the 54-year-old former all-rounder discovered that, while still in the learning method, the visitors cannot be taken gently.

“They have made fast strides in the shorter formats of the sport. But the test is testing and I’m certain this can be an assessment for them. India won’t take them easily and they will give their best foot forward. The way India has been playing in the last couple of years, they will not take any prisoners,” Shastri said.

‘Bangla lack experience’

“Experience. That’s what Bangladesh will advantage. That’s what they lack. They are very good in the one-day game because the attention distance is not that long and you don’t have to focus for that long. What they absence in Test is they have the skill to be very good in a session or two but not over two or three days for them to win or dominate the Test. That will be their test. There does no doubt their talent or passion for the game,” he stressed adding that the forthcoming series against Australia, which starts later this month, will be a good series.

“It will be a good series. They will be little more aggressive than England. But India in India, we know how good they are. If the ball turns, which I look doing in quite some venues, then Australia will have to bring their ‘A’ game otherwise they will be no different from England,” he said.

On KL Rahul: You have to be calm with him. He’s got something distinct. He is a good talent. You need to provide him time. I think Rahul has to understand his own game, which he is doing now. It’s when he tries to be somebody else when the problem starts. If he understands his game and plays to his strengths, which I see happening very soon, he’s got tremendous potential.

On Karun Nair: No one expected (him scoring over 300 on his first Test). How many triple hundreds have we got? Even the great man hasn’t got one. It’s only Viru (Virender Sehwag) who has two. No other Indian has one. So to say we are not stunned would be a lie. We were stunned, but pleasantly thus, in the way he sweptwing England out of Chepauk. You can’t have a better begin than that. He’s got a head start and it’s up to him to take it from there.

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