Ravi Shastri defends Bharat Arun's selection as bowling coach

Former India skipper Ravi Shastri was recently appointed as head coach until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup

Newly-appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri on Tuesday said he was "clear" about his core team after the BCCI announced Sanjay Bangar as the assistant coach and re-appointed Bharat Arun as the bowling coach till the 2019 ICC World Cup. As soon as the news came out, screenshots of their statistics started pouring in as Team India fans were not happy with Shastri's propaganda, that too just days after his controversial appointment as Head Coach.

It's been six weeks since the hunt for the coach began after the fall out between Kohli and Kumble that saw the latter withdrawing from the race, and every passing day has produced twists, turns, controversies, melodrama.

When asked what it felt like to have his own team, Shastri said: "I will answer that same question wearing two hats, and I promise you there is no conflict of interest here". "We do have the side required to win away from home and we do have the culture that has been created in the team to win whatever Test matches or series that we play". I continue to take responsibility till the time I am captain. I will carry on from where I have left.

India was trailing the Lankans after conceding the first Test but fought back bravely to win a historic series.

India lost the first of the three-test series against their South Asian neighbours but won the next two matches. "He will also be backed up by the team and I am sure Ravi will be a great replacement for Anil Kumble", Hayden concluded.

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"I never come with any baggage. He knows these boys better than I do", he said. Also, he felt that all the credit should go to the team which has become number one in Tests on the back of a consistent run against the top sides. "I have matured since we last went to Sri Lanka". "The only thing it has taught me is that I shouldn't have taken anyone on face value", Rai said about the way the BCCI works. "I don't think changing of coaches will make much of a difference".

It is pertinent to add that the 54-year-old had in the past served in the same capacity during Shastri's tenure as team Director from 2014 to 2016. Everyone has faced hard times.

"When you play the game you want your mind clear". So I don't think that I need to understand anything new about (the coaching and support staff) in this scenario.

"We have worked together for three years".

Ravi Shastri also defended the decision to appoint Bharat Arun as bowling coach.

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