I am glad Ravi Shastri is there and India don’t have a coach: Geoffrey Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott has hailed BCCI’s decision to persist with Ravi Shastri as Indian cricket team’s director and said that at the highest level an international side needs a manager and not a coach.
“I am glad Ravi is there and they do not have a coach. Because personally I like Ravi Shastri a lot as he has lot to offer. Personally the use of a coach is over emphasised, manager is a better word. At the top, people shouldn’t be coaching,” Boycott said. “If anything they need for managing and organising, for me the captain leads the team, sets the tone on the field.”
The 74-year-old former batsman feels India’s new full-time Test captain Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get his teammates’ support and try to harness his passion and emotion.
“Virat Kohli has to find his own way to get the players behind him. His runs will help definitely. But runs alone won’t be enough. He follows a fantastic personality in Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a truly great leader of men,” Boycott said.
“So Kohli will be compared to Dhoni, and Kohli has to in my opinion, an advice for him, in each passion and emotion he has, but he has to try not to let that passion and emotion boil over. He has got to harness it. He has got a racing heart. Very important to harness it and I wish him well,” he said.
Talking about this summer’s Ashes series, Boycott, who played 108 Tests and 36 ODI, was of the opinion that Ian Bell should be dropped from the England squad for Kevin Pietersen.
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