Mumbai, August 17: India's head coach Ravi Shastri wants Indian cricket team’s fielding to be a highlight in the 2019 World Cup. He has said that only players with immaculate fielding standards will be able to make it to the tournament.
"best fielding XI" at the tournament. The coach's comments are in sync with that of chief selector, who echoed similar sentiments while speaking tothe media recently after the announcement of India's squad for the Sri Lanka series.
"When the time comes for India to field a side for the 2019 50-over World Cup, we should have the best fielding XI in the world walking out. Only the fittest of the lot will survive and thrive going forward and that's right up there in the list of priorities," Shastri said.
"The World Cup has its own space that needs to be respected. And while that remains the goal, a fact also remains that if India need to show their real might in the game, then achieving results in Test cricket is the pinnacle.”
However, the appointments bring to an end a period of uncertainty over the India coaching job that began at the end of May, when Kohli told BCCI officials that some players were uncomfortable with Kumble's approach to man management. Shastri's first assignment as head coach is the Test series in Sri Lanka, which begins on July 26.
Interestingly, Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team has been without a head coach after Anil Kumble resigned from the post after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.