Former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has been vocal about his thoughts and his straightforwardness is loved by millions of his fans. Though due to the team India’s national duties, Shastri had to resist while giving media statements, however, now as he has relinquished his head coach’s role, he has become a prominent face for the media to get an opinion about any cricketing event.
Recently, Shastri has reckoned that he would have considered his tenure as India’s coach a failure, had Rohit Sharma not been established as the giant red ball opener.
Rohit, who has now become team India’s consistent face in all three formats, struggled to a larger extent to leave an impression on the red ball cricket. The Mumbai batsman used to come at number 5 in the tests earlier, however, his fate took a sharp turn as he was asked to open during the home series against South Africa in 2019.
Ever Since Rohit opened the innings for India in test matches, team India found a solid opener who can provide good head-starts to the team on most occasions. The recent England series success of team India goes largely to the contributions made by the openers in the swinging conditions.
Shastri believed that Rohit Sharma has all the talent to get success in the overseas test matches. The former coach worked quite a lot with Rohit Sharma to adjust his troubling footwork, especially with the moving deliveries.
Speaking on Star Sports show Bold & Brave: Ravi Shastri opened on his thinking process with Rohit Sharma.
“It was very clear in my mind that I wanted to do it. I thought if I can’t get the best out of him as a batsman then I am a failure as a coach because there is too much talent there,” said Ravi Shastri.
Rohit Sharma, as the matter of fact, is now team India’s highest run-getter in test format in 2021. He has scored 906 runs in the format surpassing the likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.