Ravi Shastri was appointed as Team India head coach earlier this week which brought an end to the episode that had begun with reports of rift between Virat Kohli and former coach Anil Kumble and led to the latter’s resignation from his post. Shastri left behind the likes of Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus to beg the high-profile job. The former team director’s return, meanwhile, will be a welcome change in the Indian dressing room which has faced severe criticism since Kumble’s bitter exit last month. Shastri was a popular figure in the dressing during his tenure as the director between 2014 and 2016 and India fast-bowler Umesh Yadav’s recent comment clearly proves it.
The right-arm fast-bowler has called Shastri a superb coach and insisted that the newly-appointed coach has full faith in the team.
“Ravi Bhai is a superb coach because he is positive at all times and has complete faith in the team. The best thing about him is that he’s one of the boys and is extremely friendly. Whatever the circumstances, he doesn’t allow anybody to veer into the negative zone. These qualities make him so special” the Vidarbha pacer told the Times of India.
Umesh has enjoyed a brilliant one year with the ball. After being criticised for his inconsistency in his early years, he shouldered the responsibility of leading the team’s attack in the mammoth home season brilliantly. Displaying remarkable fitness, he missed only one of the 13 Tests at home and played a very crucial role in India’s brilliant performance.
He continued his form in the recently-concluded West Indies series too, picking up 7 wickets in 5 matches as India won the series 3-1.
“It gives me huge satisfaction to come home after the mission has been accomplished successfully. West Indies tour was really good. And now it’s a long cricket season ahead, so I have to be prepared and ready,” he said.