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We’ve got Duncan at right time: Ravi
Ravi Shastri

Calcutta: Ravi Shastri, who has captained India and also been a stand-in cricket manager, spoke to The Telegraph from Navi Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

The following are excerpts

Having been consulted by the Board on the next coach’s appointment...

I was asked for my views on Duncan Fletcher and I conveyed what I knew. He’s vastly experienced.

Fletcher’s appointment...

On the face of it, a very good choice... It’s to be seen how Fletcher actually gets down to work, but his track record as coach is excellent.

Knowing Fletcher for over 25 years...

Indeed, yes... I’ve personally known Fletcher from the time I led the India U-19 to Zimbabwe, in early 1984... He’d then been the Zimbabwe captain.

Fletcher as coach...

It’s Fletcher who taught England how to beat Australia (in 2005), then No.1 in Tests... He got the best out of his players and had a wonderful partnership with Nasser (Hussain) and, then, (Michael) Vaughan.

India’s tour to England from mid-July...

We’ve got Fletcher at the right time and, don’t forget, we’ll also be touring Australia at the end of the year.

Similarities with predecessor Gary Kirsten...

Yes, they do have a lot in common... Like Gary, Fletcher isn’t the in-your-face type... Both have known each other for years and that’s a plus, as Gary can pass on things which would help Fletcher. He’ll be able to understand the system and India better.

India’s requirement...

A good man manager, that’s it. This team doesn’t require anything else.

Finally, his advice to Fletcher...

Have a long chat with Gary before taking charge.

foreign power

Prior to Duncan Fletcher’s appointment, on Wednesday, Team India had three overseas coaches. Here’s how the team had fared under their guidance:
John Wright (November 2000 to May 2005)
• In Tests — 51 matches, won 20, lost 15, drawn/no result 16, win % 39.21
• In ODIs — 129 matches, won 67, lost 56, tied/no result 6, win % 51.94
Greg Chappell (June 2005 to Aprl 2007)
• In Tests — 18 matches, won 7, won 4, drawn/no result 7, win % 38.88
• In ODIs — 62 matches, won 32, lost 27, tied/no result 3, win % 51.61
Gary Kirsten (March 2008 to January 2011)
• In Tests — 33 matches, won 16, lost 6, drawn/no result 11, win % 48.48
• In ODIs — 91 matches, won 57, lost 29, tied/no result 5, win % 62.64
• In T20s — 18 matches, won 9, lost 9, tied/no result 0, win % 50.00

Mohandas Menon

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