RAVI SHASTRI

  • Rajeev Shukla appointed Chairman of IPL Governing Council April 6, 2015

    Mumbai: Rajeev Shukla was on Monday re-appointed chairman of the powerful IPL Governing Council, ending a month-long suspense over the selection of the top post of the cash-rich league. Former Union minister and Congress leader Shukla was the IPL chairman till 2013 when he resigned from the post in the aftermath...
  • Indian cricket in good hands with Dhoni, Kohli: Ravi Shastri April 5, 2015

    (This is a column written by Indian cricket team Director Ravi Shastri for PTI) Most thought India could go all the way. It was a 300-plus team with the bat. Bowlers left nothing standing on the table. Fielders looked good enough to get 10 run-outs. Let's pause. Isn't this the same team...
  • Virat Kohli's work ethics are second to none, says Ravi Shastri March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: Defending an under-fire Virat Kohli, Indian cricket Team Director Ravi Shastri on Monday said the swashbuckling batsman's ordinary run in the World Cup had nothing to do with his actress-girlfriend Anushka Sharma's presence and to call it that is "utter nonsense". "If it was so, Virat wouldn't have got...
  • World Cup: Ravi Shastri's pep talk behind Shikhar Dhawan's success March 17, 2015

    Melbourne: Indian cricket team's Director Ravi Shastri played a massive role in getting Shikhar Dhawan back on track after a prolonged lean patch during the tour of Australia that preceded the ongoing World Cup, according to a team official. It has been learnt that Shastri had a lengthy session with Dhawan...
  • Ahead of World Cup quarters, Ravi Shastri says 'bring it on' March 12, 2015

    Top of their pool, unbeaten, India took a well-deserved day off in Auckland on Thursday ahead of their final match of the first round of the World Cup. Batteries, emotional and physical, were given a chance to recharge, with only Zimbabwe to come ahead of the business end of the...
  • World Cup 2015: We will lift the trophy again, says Ravi Shastri March 10, 2015

    Hamilton: Pumped up by a remarkable unbeaten streak, the Indian cricket team's Director Ravi Shastri today said the defending champions are well on course to lift the World Cup trophy for a second successive time. India thrashed Ireland by eight wickets to record their ninth consecutive win in the World Cup...
  • World Cup 2015: Virat Kohli abuses journalist over an article about Anushka March 3, 2015

    Perth: India's premier batsman and team's vice-captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday suddenly lost his cool after the training session as he hurled abuses at a journalist before the side's group league game against West Indies at the WACA on Friday. It didn't occur to anybody that something of this sort will...
  • Cricket World Cup: I am not at all surprised with India's turnaround, says Ravi Shastri March 3, 2015

    Perth: India's stunning turnaround of fortunes in the World Cup may have surprised many but not team director Ravi Shastri, who says the "script went on expected lines" as he had full faith in the players' abilities. India entered the quadrennial extravaganza following a winless tour Down Under and the defending...
  • Ten-day break worked wonders for India's World Cup defence: Ravi Shastri February 26, 2015

    It didn't take Ravi Shastri long to stamp his character on this young Indian team. From the time he took over as team director ahead of the One-Day International series in England last August, the former India captain has stressed on positivity, aggression and a sense of team. Without stepping...
  • Globetrotting coaches make World Cup impact February 24, 2015

    Sydney: Most of the teams competing at the World Cup have travelled a long way to reach Australia and New Zealand but that's nothing to the journeys made by some of their coaches. Unlike other team sports such as football and rugby, top-flight cricket came relatively late to the idea of...
  • ICC World Cup: Seeking runs, Dhoni gets batting advice from Ravi Shastri February 20, 2015

    Melbourne: An overwhelming win over Pakistan may have brought a lot of cheer to the Indian cricket team after an indifferent 'Australian Summer', but there are a few grey areas that are yet to be addressed by the side, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's poor run with the bat. Therefore, it...
  • No time for celebrations in Indian camp post Pakistan win February 16, 2015

    Melbourne: The entire nation was in a mood to celebrate India's brilliant victory against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup opener in Adelaide but for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys, the Mission Defence has just begun and there is no time to celebrate. Although the Indian fans who...
  • Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli spread the yoga mat in Australia February 6, 2015

    Adelaide: Indian team director Ravi Shastri and vice-captain Virat Kohli rejuvenated themselves ahead of the World Cup by indulging in yoga and massage. They headed to Authenticity Health and Wellness Retreat at Port Elliot, South Australia, for some much needed rest and relaxation, enjoying yoga and massage throughout the week. "It's been...
  • Ravi Shastri's WACA diaries can inspire Indian spinners January 29, 2015

    Perth: It isn't without reason that the WACA ground in Perth is called a fast bowler's paradise. With its pace and bounce, it has invariably assisted the quicker bowlers, who have maintained control, but those same attributes that have made it a paceman's ally have also helped batsmen score big...
  • India in Australia: Virat Kohli's Aggression adds spice to final Test January 4, 2015

    Sydney: Virat Kohli's pressing task as the new Test skipper is to arrest India's woeful away record, starting with Tuesday's final Test against Australia in Sydney. Kohli assumed the mantle as India's new captain following the sudden Test retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after last week's Melbourne Test, opening debate on...
  • Respect Dhoni's selfless act, wait for Kohli to grow: Shastri January 4, 2015

    Sydney: New Indian captain Virat Kohli should channelise his aggressive attitude in the right direction, according to Team Director Ravi Shastri, who said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "selfless act" of retiring from Test cricket format at the right time should also be given its due respect. In an exclusive interview on Sunday,...
  • MS Dhoni to attend World Cup selection meeting via video-conference: reports January 2, 2015

    He has retired from Test cricket and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli but MS Dhoni has stayed back with the Indian Test team and is all set to attend the Board of Cricket contol (BCCI) World Cup selection meeting via video-conference from Australia. According to CNN-IBN sources, Dhoni is...
  • Rift between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli is trash talk: Ravi Shastri January 2, 2015

    All is well between India's incoming and outgoing Test captains, and talk of a rift between Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is nothing but just trash, said India's Team Director Ravi Shastri in an interview to ESPNCricinfo. "You guys have no idea of the respect Dhoni commands, not just from...
  • I am not bothered about the scoreline: Ravi Shastri December 30, 2014

    Melbourne: Trailing the four-match series 2-0 after managing a draw in the third cricket Test, India have already conceded the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to Australia but Team Director Ravi Shastri is not bothered about the scoreline and still believes in his young team. "I am not bothered about the scoreline because of...
  • Ravi Shastri feels DRS can be used for 'howlers' December 22, 2014

    Melbourne: India cricketers' stance on the Decision Review System (DRS) seem to be softening with the national team director Ravi Shastri saying that the technology can be used in the event of "howlers". Former captain Shastri was quoted as saying by 'The Australian' that as a member of the ICC Technical...
  • Gavaskar, Shastri, Srikkanth in BCCI's list of individuals with 'conflict of interest'; SC reserves verdict December 17, 2014

    In a move that can shake the foundation of Indian cricket, the Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved the verdict on the issue of conflict of interest in Indian cricket after BCCI submitted a list in SC of its administrators with conflict of interest, which included the names of three former...
  • Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri have given me confidence: Karn Sharma December 9, 2014

    Adelaide: Debutant leg-spinner Karn Sharma has praised the Indian team management, particularly skipper Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri, for encouraging him ahead of the first Test against Australia on Tuesday. Opting to bat first, the hosts finished day one at 354 for six. "I just got to know this...
  • Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri, Duncan Fletcher to attend Phillip Hughes funeral November 30, 2014

    Adelaide: Stand-in skipper of the Indian team Virat Kohli will attend the funeral of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes on Wednesday. He will be joined by team director Ravi Shastri, coach Duncan Fletcher and team manager Arshad Ayub. Three or four other Indian players are expected to join them and a final decision...
  • No need to be intimidated by Australia: Ravi Shastri November 22, 2014

    BCCI's Director of Cricket, Ravi Shastri, has said if the team fights it out in the middle with heart and enjoys the tour Down Under, then there is no reason why it can't perform on the tough tour of Australia. "We have got an exciting bunch of young players but that...
  • We can beat Australia in their own backyard, says Virat Kohli November 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Set to embark on a gruelling Test tour of Australia starting December 4, star batsman Virat Kohli on Friday said India will play aggressive and positive cricket in their four-match series and his young side can beat the Aussies in their own backyard. "We are confident of our ability and...
  • I see a bit of myself in him: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli November 14, 2014

    Kolkata: With India playing with a new-found spunk under stand-in skipper Virat Kohli, team director Ravi Shastri on Friday said he sees a bit of himself in the flamboyant Delhi batsman. "He's aggressive and he's very young, so the exuberance is still seen in him, which is very good for the...
  • BCCI pays Gavaskar, Shastri more than players: reports October 13, 2014

    In a startling report done by The Indian Express, which reveals that former players Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are top-earners of BCCI by drawing Rs 6 crore annually. Both of them also get paid extra Rs 2 crore for their additional roles - Shastri being the director of Indian...
  • Ravi Shastri against too many bilateral ODI, T20 games October 7, 2014

    Mumbai: India's team director Ravi Shastri on Monday agreed with former captain Rahul Dravid's views on not having too many bilateral ODI and T20 matches and said there should be more emphasis on the World Cup for the limited overs formats of the game. "If you look at cricket per say,...
  • I want Raina back in Test fold, ready for Kuldeep gamble: Ravi Shastri October 6, 2014

    Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri, who is currently the national team director, on Monday said it would be his endeavour to get left-handed batsman Suresh Raina back in the Test side. Raina once again gave ample display of his talent by smashing a strokeful century in Chennai Super Kings' triumph in...