Is Ravi Shastri The Secret of Shikhar Dhawan’s Success?
Senior team member reveals Shastri’s pep talk with Dhawan before the World cup could have turned the tide for the Indian opener
The Indian cricket team’s Director Ravi Shastri is believed to have played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup, according to a team official.
It has been learnt that Shastri had a lengthy session with Dhawan just before the start of the World Cup, which definitely helped the fiery left-hander, who is presently India’s leading run-scorer in the World Cup with 337 runs, including two centuries and a half-century.
“Before the World Cup started, Ravi (Shastri) had a lengthy session with Shikhar (Dhawan) and gave him a pep talk. Those of us, who have seen Ravi address the players from time to time would swear by his passionate speeches. It worked wonders for Dhawan as everyone can see.”
- A Senior member of the Indian team to PTI
According to the team official, the best aspect about Shastri’s pep talk was that it has got nothing to do with technical nuances. “Ravi does not talk on cricketing matters or about any technical problems that the players might be facing. Ravi made one thing clear to the players. There is a chief coach Duncan Fletcher and three assistant coaches in Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar. Any technical problem will be addressed by the quartet.”
“For him, it’s about giving time to the players, understanding what’s going through their mind. In case of Shikhar, Ravi told him that he should just play in the manner that has got him runs all these days,” said the official.
Meanwhile, the families of the Indian cricketers have started arriving in Melbourne. It has been learnt that pacer Umesh Yadav’s wife Tanya has already arrived while Ajinkya Rahane’s better half Radhika is expected to arrive on Wednesday. Stuart Binny’s wife Mayanti Langer is already there from the start of the tournament by virtue of her media engagement. The Indian team had a two hour work out on Tuesday at the MCG where they had fielding drills and customary football session.
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