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After Ravi Shastri's appointment Indian cricket is undergoing a sea of change
Since the moment Team India faced a pathetic defeat from arch rivals Pakistan in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, every concerned individual right from the administrators to the common fans of the game, have been feeling that it's high time to take a few concrete steps to shape up the affairs in Team India.

Ever since Anil Kumble (the former Indian coach) quit owing to differences with the vibrant Indian captain Virat Kohli, a lot of speculations were rife as to who would be given the responsible job of the head coach of Team India. The BCCI, in an appropriate decision, finally chose Ravi Shastri, one of the most experienced candidates, who also served as the Director of Team India from 2014-2016.

There is no doubt that Shastri's tremendous chemistry with Virat Kohli, his excellent exposure and rapo with rest of the team members came handy in his selection, but he now should be given a free hand to implement his result oriented strategies.

In this regard, few developments have taken place as Shastri had rightfully insisted that he needs to pick his team. Shastri has suggested that the following support staff must be provided: Bharat Arun (bowling coach), Sanjay Bangar (batting) and R Sridhar (fielding coach).

In other words, this tentamounts to the fact that while appointing Zaheer Khan as bowling consultant with the Indian team and while giving junior national coach Dravid the additional charge of becoming the overseas batting consultant, the CAC - comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman - had gone beyond its purview.

However, in an attempt to set right the irregularity, the BCCI has issued the following statement further clarifying the issue: "The recommendation for Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having batting and bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team."

Also, few need based decisions have been taken (especially keeping in view few tough overseas tours to be undertaken by Team India in the next year-and-a half). These include the decision that ahead of the five-Test tour of England, BCCI is considering to get Jason Gillespie (who proved extremely successful with English county Yorkshire) to work with the Indian team for around 40 days. Likewise, the services of Fannie de Villiers could be taken when in South Africa.

Also, while playing in India, even Zaheer Khan can play an effective role. Rightfully the approach seems to be "why just stick to specific individuals when there's a choice available and there's an option to use the horses-for-courses policy?"

Also, in order to improve much needed substandard fielding noticed during recent encounters, allowing Sridhar to continue is a good move as he's been with the team for a while and understands who brings what to the table. But the options like bringing someone like Jonty Rhodes to first spend some time with our fielding coach so that he can be in tune with the best practices seems practical.

Although, we will have to wait to see the end result till the conclusion of away tours of Team India after appointment of Ravi Shastri, for now the things are already seemingly moving forward in the right direction for the betterment of Indian cricket. Hopefully, Shastri should deliver, as now no excuse is left!

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