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Shastri’s pep talk behind Dhawan’s success

Shastri’s pep talk behind Dhawan’s success
It has been learnt 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 tournament 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’s support staff said on Tuesday on condition of anonymity.

According to the 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.

He also said Fletcher and bowling coach Arun normally preside over all the team meetings. “The players normally don’t speak a lot at the team meetings. It’s normally Duncan or Bharath Arun, who addresses the players and also reveal the homework done by them. (MS) Dhoni normally keeps quiet at team meetings. I have not seen him speak much. But yes, he does address the team during the huddles,” he said.

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 here for her media engagement.
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