Ravi Shastri, the India cricket team’s new coach, has just begun, and is with the team in Sri Lanka. Since Shastri has worked with the team in the past, he already knows the players and had not needed an adjustment period in order to be able to work well with the team.
The coach has stressed that it is important that all batsmen are ready to bat in the middle, no matter where they are in the batting order. Shastri has introduced a new warming up practice. He insisted that the team’s opening batsmen, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund, go to the nets and practice before the toss in case they had the chance to bat first. The two players warmed up by hitting balls in the nets, and when Virat Kohli, the team’s captain, won the toss, he chose to bat first.
Dhawan played well in the first innings with 190 balls off of 168, giving India a strong start. While the openers were playing, the next batsman was already following the same routine in the nets.
Passion and Enjoyment Make for Good Playing
Shastri asked the team to try and remember the reason that they had begun to play cricket, and he asked them to take that same passion with them onto the field. He also made it clear that it is important to enjoy playing the game before taking anything else into account.
It appears that the change in mindset has been good for the team. Shastri believes that it is important that the team exerts its No. 1 status when on the field.
Test Two India vs Sri Lanka Coming Soon
India beat Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the first Test of India’s tour in Sri Lanka.
The next Test match begins on Thursday, 3rd August 2017.