The former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar today said that the work ethic during Duncan Fletcher tenure was pretty abysmal as players came to the practice session very late. He was the coach of the Indian team from 2011-2015.
Flecther’s coaching stint started in April 2011 and ended on a dismal note after World Cup 2015 in March. India did finish as a semifinalist in the 50 over showpiece event, but the team’s performance in the Australian tour was criticized.
Ravi Shastri who has contract has been extended till 2016 World Cup T-20 and the praises current set up as a breath of fresh air.
Under Ravi Shastri, there is a lot more of positivity and lot more purpose in the practice sessions. Under the Duncan Fletcher, the work ethic was pretty abysmal because the players were coming to the ground pretty late. When they came to the ground it took 15 to 20 minutes before they came to the field for warm up sessions.
The Indian team lost 6 away series under the guidance of Duncan Fletcher. Now under Shastri and three coaches the work ethic has improved. The team has certainly benefited with new coaching system under Shastri. Shastri is heading a three-member coaching staff which includes assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun the bowling consultant, and fielding coach R Sridhar. Gavaskar terms Ravi Shastri’s appointment till the T-20 2016 World Cup as a step in right direction.
It is a move in right direction. The way that the team bounced back after losing the first Test against Sri Lanka and won the next two matches shows the character. The credit should go to the boys but also to the director and support staff.
Under Duncan Flecther, the Indian team managed to win the Champions Trophy 2013 in England. But Under Shastri the record is good in all formats. Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli has gel well as a team and hope to bring more positive results in the upcoming series against South Africa.