Team India Director Ravi Shastri with former India batsman and selector Dilip Vengsarkar. (AFP Photo)
The newly-appointed Team India Director, Ravi Shastri, is on a mission to find out what actually went wrong with a team that created history at Lord's but turned into pushovers in the last three Tests of the series against England.
BCCI on Tuesday announced sweeping changes to India's support staff, appointing Shastri as Team Director while giving the role of assistant coach to Sanjay Bangar and Bharat Arun.
Warning shots were also fired at coach Duncan Fletcher as the Indian board gave a 'break' to bowler coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney, appointing R Sridhar in the latter's place.
But Shastri said his role as Director will be to find out where the team let it slip after going 1-0 up in the series.
"My brief is to work with Duncan Fletcher and find out why a team that posted a splendid victory at Lord's collapsed in the last three matches. Like the BCCI, I too am eager to find out what went wrong and how it can be set right," Shastri told the Times of India.
"I can't talk about the future because the situation is quite fluid," Shastri said when asked if he would take up a full-time assignment. "My first job is to find out what went wrong and file a report to the BCCI. It will be up to the board to act on it and take it forward," the former India allrounder said.
"It's an honour if the country wants you to do something. It's by playing for India that I've become what I am. It's because of the board as well. Both in 2007 and now [replacing Greg Chappell on the tour of Bangladesh], I gladly said 'Yes'," said Shastri.
And in his customary authoritative fashion, Shastri said things won't change overnight: "Don't expect a miracle in 15-odd days."