Shastri expresses his dissatisfaction over team selection

NEW DELHI: Ravi Shastri, erstwhile Indian head coach, expressed his dissatisfaction with the team selection for the 2019 ODI World cup, asserting the three wicketkeepers shouldn’t have been in the squad. He believes that the captain and the coach should ‘have a say’ in the team selection.

In an interview with Star Sports, Shashtri told, “I think it is extremely important that the coach and the caption should have a say on team selection, officially going forward. Especially when the coach is experienced enough, like I was and now the Rahul (Dravid).”

India participated in the ODI World Cup with MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik, and then Rishabh Pant was selected as a replacement midway through the tournament due to an injury. India lost by 18 runs in semi-final against New Zealand with all three players in the match.

“I wasn’t okay with three wicketkeepers being picked for the World Cup. Either Ambati or Shreyas could’ve come in. Is it logical to have MS Dhoni, Rishabh, and Dinesh together? But I did not interfere with the selectors’ work except as part of a general discussion or when asked for feedback,” Shastri added.

From the last home series against New Zealand, Rahul Dravid has taken over the coach of Indian cricket team succeeding Shashtri. The T20I and ODI teams are led by Rohit Sharma, while Virat Kohli heads the Test team.

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