Fielding coach R Sridhar says Shastri can deal with Kohli better than Kumble as the coach

Shastri and Kohli apparently share a good relationship.


Ever since ex India coach quit from his post, after his fallout with Indian captain Virat Kohli, the one question that is doing the rounds is that who will become the next coach of Team India?

After Kumble’s exit, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) extended the date for application to the coveted post to July 9, and former Team India director applied for it yesterday.

With his application, Shastri becomes the frontrunner among others like Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody, simply because he has the backing of the India captain. Shastri and Kohli apparently share a good relationship, and even some of the BCCI members feel that the two together can work wonders of Indian cricket.

This time around, it is India’s fielding coach R Sridhar who has come out with his take on the coach selection saga. On Hindustan Times, Sridhar compared the working styles of both Shastri and Kumble, and wrote –

“Shastri was somebody who was character-based. He wanted characters in the team, so he worked on that kind of approach. He wanted to take that approach to the field. Kumble was someone who wanted to achieve excellence in his own way.”

But when he was asked to talk about his own relationship with both Shastri and Kumble, he said that both of them gave him extreme freedom to work with. They never once asked him what he was doing or if they wanted him to do something specific.

During Kumble’s one year tenure, which ended after the Champions Trophy 2017, India performed very well, even regaining their No. 1 spot in ICC Tests rankings. However, a decay in the relationship of Kohli and Kumble meant either of the two eventually had to leave, and it was Kumble who did it first, even though his contract was extended for the tour of West Indies.