Even Don Bradman’s average would come down: Ravi Shastri on challenges of staying in bio-bubble

Dubai: Outgoing Team India head coach Ravi Shastri talked in regards to the challenges of staying in bio-bubble, saying that even an important batter like Donald Bradman will see his average come down if he was requested to remain in bubbles for a protracted interval of time. The Men in Blue didn’t progress to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup. The aspect managed to win three video games out of 5 and suffered losses in opposition to Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 stage.

“When you are six months in the bubble, there are lots of players in this team who are all-format players. In the last 24 months, they have been home for 25 days. I do not care who you are, if you`re name is Bradman and you are in a bubble, your average will come down because you are human. It is not something you put petrol in the backside and expect the guy to move on,” stated Shastri throughout a digital post-match press convention.

“It does not happen that way. These are tough times, in life, it is not what you accomplish, it is what you overcome and this is what this team has shown. They have shown the drive to hang in there. No complaints but sooner or later the bubble will burst, so you have to be careful,” he added.

When requested whether he reached out to the BCCI in order to get a break for his gamers, Shastri stated: “That is not my job, it was already done. Big administrators around the globe will be looking to have gap before big tournaments so that guys are mentally fresh and ready to play. Everyone was free to speak, no player was treated as a junior and it has been one heck of a journey for me.”

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Talking about his tenure as the top coach, Shastri stated: “I mean just the quality of cricket this team has played in the last five years across all formats. The performances are there for everyone to see, when you perform in that fashion, when you go across the globe and beat teams then you know you are part of one great cricket team. I am not saying a great Team India, I am saying great cricket teams in the history of the game because if you look at those performances, they do not happen often.”

“You need to have bunch of players who are fit, hungry, fearless and they have the hunger and belief. If you want the real highlights, nothing beats Australia, England — we are up in that particular series. It will be the longest time we will up in the series, I might be commenting on that game. But, everywhere we beat teams. All round it has been fabulous,” he added.

Talking in regards to the T20 World Cup marketing campaign, Shastri stated: “Let`s be honest, I am not here to make excuses. We lacked daring in the second game against New Zealand. I know the toss was important and I do feel it will be important, not as much now because the weather has cooled down a bit. It is something for the boys to learn, they will get an opportunity next year. It is not often you have World Cup in 12 months, hopefully they will kick some butt next year in Australia.”

Rahul Dravid will now take over from Shastri and the previous India skipper`s first project would be the house T20I and Test collection in opposition to New Zealand, starting November 17.

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