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Ravi Shastri was not happy with 3 Wicketkeepers in 2019 World Cup team


Cricket is a game where 10 mins of bad play in the knockout games opens the doors of exit and whitewash years of hard work. That’s what exactly happened with Team India. The team looked unbeatable in the 2019 WC campaign until their loss against New Zealand. India had gone on with Dhoni, Rishab Pant, and Dinesh Karthik as wicket-keeper in the World cup.

Bowling first in the semi-final, India restricted New Zealand to 239 for 8. However, the overcast conditions not only brought rain but also made the pitch more seamer-friendly later on. New Zealand did bowl well and soon India was reeling for 5- 3. While Pant, Pandya, Dhoni, and Jadeja tried their level best but India wasn’t able to cross the line. Probably the most likely contender was shown an exit. The absence of a stable middle-order batsman hurt India badly.

Ravi Shastri, after stepping down, has given interviews to multiple outlets. And now the former head coach has made a revelation that he was not in favor of having three wicket-keeper batsmen in the side for the WC. He also commented that either Shreyas Iyer or Ambati Rayddu should have been there with the team. Raydu was the favourite for taking responsibility in the lower order but the batsman was snubbed from the 2019 WC team by the MSK led Chairman committee.

It is important to note that Shastri and Kohli have shared a similar wavelength from the beginning of Shastri’s appointment. In fact, many believe that Kohli’s support was influential in bringing Shastri to the coaching helm of Team India. If Ravi Shastri was not onboard with the selector’s decision for the WC team, did he voice his opinion then? And if not, then why he didn’t?

The timing of Shastri’s revelations coincidently couldn’t have been more controversial as Virat was axed as ODI captain by the BCCI a few days ago.

Shastri said that there was no point of having Dhoni, Pant, and Dinesh Karthik in the same playing eleven. While the coach didn’t agree to the selection, he says that he never interfered with the selector’s decision and only gave opinions when it was asked from him. While India may not have achieved an ICC event under the umbrella of Ravi Shastri, his winning percentage has been impressive in test matches at 60.87 and 62.64 in the ODIs.

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