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India head coach Duncan Fletcher is likely to keep hold of his post after impressing director of cricket Ravi Shastri during the national team’s 3-1 win over England in the recent ODI series.
Fletcher has been highly criticised as of late, especially after India’s humiliating 3-1 loss in the five-Test series against England.
“Fletcher is the coach,” Shastri said. “He looks over the handling of various things including little, little stuff. He is tremendous. He would have done over a 100 Tests as a coach, which is massive. He is very good. He is technically very sound. He is a solid character. He is respected. He is a fatherly figure. Let the media say what they want. I have told you what I thought of Fletcher. I will go back and speak with the BCCI.”
Shastri also noted that he was impressed with Sanjay Bangar, B Arun and R Sridhar, who were all included in the coaching staff for the ODI series at his request.
“All three of them have done an excellent job in the short period they have been given,” he said. “I have to go back and sit with the BCCI to discuss what will happen in the long term.”
The former India captain also stated that he still cannot believe that India thrashed England 3-1 in the ODI series.
“I got more than I would have expected,” Shastri said. “I say that only because England’s record at home, not many sides have thrashed them 3-1 in a four-match ODI series. It is a big achievement, from what they were mentally after the Test series defeat, and then, to respond in that fashion made me feel proud.”
Shastri revealed that he also had private one-on-one chats with many of the players so that they knew what they had to improve on.
“I had a plenty of one-on-one chats,” he said. “Not sessions. I was not afraid to speak to a guy individually. Ground, bus, bar, dressing room, while eating, we were talking cricket.”
When asked if he would continue on as director of cricket for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, Shastri said: “My job was to be with the team for the ODI series. They have won it. I want to let that sink in. I will return to India and then think about the future.”