It is important to have coach and captain in team selection: Ravi Shastri

Former India coach Ravi Shastri said that the coach and captain should have an opinion on team selection. Shastri’s remarks came after he told The Times of India how he never realized why the MSK Prasad-led selection committee chose to pick three wicket-keepers in India’s World Cup squad. He added that the team going forward should be chosen with the captain and coach taking part in the decision making.

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“I think going forward officially, it is extremely important for the coach and captain to be involved in team selection. This is very important, especially if the coach has enough experience. I was Rahul (Dravid), and the captain should also say one thing,” Ravi Shastri said on a Star Sports show.

The team finished runners-up in the World Cup, but had its fair share of problems. One of the most prominent never had a permanent number four. Apart from this, three wicket-keeper batsmen in the form of Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni ensured India struggle to form a perfect combination. This also meant that Ambati Rayudu was dropped in the lead up to the tournament despite being prepared for it.

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“I was not okay with three wicketkeepers being picked for the World Cup. Either Ambati (Rayudu) or Shreyas (Iyer) could have come. What was the logic of putting MS Dhoni, Rishabh (Pant), and Dinesh (Karthik) together? But I never interfered with the work of the selectors, except when I was asked for feedback or as part of a general discussion.

Batting coach Sanjay Bangar also opened. He said the selectors have the right to choose the team, but they should discuss it with the captain and coach. “When you are picking an Indian team, I think the selectors have the final say but they are always in discussion with the captain and the head coach as well. Whatever decisions are taken, they generally become a collective decision and not an individual decision,” he said on Star Sports.

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