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Time for Team India to retrieve glory under Ravi Shastri
Well, at last some positive development has taken place. Of late, BCCI was facing severe criticism for allowing a non-performing coaching staff to carry on with their work. Ultimately, after the pathetic display of India against England, BCCI was encountering an all round ridicule from media and the public.

In a face saving attempt, BCCI was forced to ensure that Duncan Fletcher no more heads Team India, hence roped in Ravi Shastri as 'Team Director'. It is amazing that in the recent years Team India - playing under the regime of Fletcher lost 13 tests (7 in England, 4 in Australia, and 1 each in New Zealand and South Africa). So, by all means, the ouster of Fletcher was inevitable.

In fact, things were in a standstill situation. Apparently, Fletcher had no concrete policy or plan to facilitate a turnaround for Team India. Perhaps, he took his responsibility in a rather casual manner, knowing jolly well that he has a secure agreement with the BCCI till 2015.  His fellow coaches, the trustworthy bowling coach Joe Dewas and fielding coach Trevor Penney, also failed to contribute as the whole world saw the falling standards of Indian bowling and particularly the fielding. Instead of getting a boost due to their presence, the faith of Indian Team was shaken and their morale were totally lost.

On a personal note, I do believe that communication between the coaches and the players always plays a vital role. Certainly, players such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed who does not belong to cosmopolitan cities might have found it difficult in understanding their instructions.

Former Indian players might do a better job as a coach as they know all the nitty gritty of the game, while also knowing the individual capabilities of all Indian players. So, in this context, appointment of Ravi Shastri as Director of Team India, Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun as assistant coach and R Shridhar as fielding coach for the one day series will certainly boost the morale of Team India. They already have a good understanding of Indian conditions as well as their mentality.

It will not be fair to expect some dramatic results over night, but in case this development results in India winning the ODI series, it will be treated as a great achievement. 

Also, the decision to keep MS Dhoni as a captain for the moment is definitely convincing. Although Team India has lost 3-1 in the Test Series but as an individual cricketer, MS Dhoni's contributions cannot be overlooked. Also, with the grave and poor form shown by all other senior players, especially Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, no other immediate viable option / replacement is available at the moment. Incidentally, legend Sunil Gavaskar has also endorsed the captaincy of MS Dhoni.

As far as Ravi Shastri is concerned, this is no alien exposure for him, as in the year 2007, he was assigned to fulfill the duties of a manager for the Bangladesh Tour after the sacking of Greg Chappell, the then coach of Team India. Hope Ravi will be able to infuse some fighting spirit in the Indian team, which was missing in the last few Test matches.

Now, on a broader horizon, there is an urgent need to revamp the whole mentality, game plan, strategy and selection of the basis of seniority. This is needed in order to prevent falling of Team India like dominos in future. Moreover, with the ever increasing money pouring in through the IPL, there is a dire need to link the performance of each individual cricketer with the money he receives.

At the moment, the Indian fans are heartbroken due to the miserable performance by most of our star batsmen. Inconsistency by team India is killing most of them. It is high time that our star players stand upto the expectations. Their empire is standing on the foundation of just one word - performance. So, please wake up before it's too late.

For the record it is my earnest duty to highlight that a number of capable youngsters can be groomed. Players like Sanju Samson, Vijay Zol, Manan Vohra, Naman Ojha, Kuldeep Yadav and Karn Sharma are ready to take over. Hope the message is loud and clear.

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