After a successful ODI leg against England, Indian coach Duncan Fletcher along with other support staffs has got the backing of team director Ravi Shastri to continue with their role in the future. Fletcher’s future as a coach has been making news in light of India’s second consecutive Test series loss in England under his guidance.

Shastri said that he was proud of how the team show character and bounced back to claim the ODIs by the same margin they lost the test series. He also added that he got more than what he had expected and also added that England’s record at home is amazing and not many sides have thrashed them 3-1 in a four-match ODI series. It is a big achievement after the Test series defeat, and then, to respond in that fashion made him feel proud.

Shastri quoted “Fletcher is the coach. He looks over the handling of various things including little, little stuff. He is tremendous. He would have done over a 100 Tests as a coach, which is massive. He is very good. He is technically very sound. He is a solid character. He is respected. He is a fatherly figure. Let the media say what they want. I have told you what I thought of Fletcher. I will go back and speak with the BCCI.”

Shastri was also impressed by the trio of Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar, who were brought in as part of the coaching staff at his request. “All three of them have done an excellent job in the short period they have been given. I have to go back and sit with the BCCI to discuss what will happen in the long term.”

Shastri, however, was non-committal when asked if he would be open to a similar role in a tournament like the World Cup. “My job was to be with the team for the ODI series. They have won it. I want to let that sink. I will return to India and then think about the future.”



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