New Delhi - New India cricket coach Ravi Shastri plans to
adopt a more hands-off approach to the role than his predecessor Anil Kumble,
with the 55-year-old saying he has no intention of trying to act as a tutor the
Kumble stepped down last month citing a breakdown in his
relationship with skipper Virat Kohli, who according to media reports, resented
the former captain's 'headmasterly' methods.
Shastri was handed the coaching reigns on Tuesday, a year
after losing the job to Kumble, and the former all-rounder promised a fresh
outlook to the job.
"At the highest level, cricketers are more or less
settled," Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.
"So it is more to do with working on their mental
strength, helping build their confidence, helping them stay organised in their
daily activities as against tinkering with their style of play.
"It's not about 'tutoring' them about everything and
telling them what and what not to do. There's very little coaching at the
highest level. It's about fine-tuning and mentoring, about effective
Shastri, who has served as team director in the past, enjoys
a good rapport with Kohli and said he had no issues with players having more
freedom off the field.
"Why should I change anyone's style, or for that
matter, why should anyone change his own style of doing things?
"As long as there's a level of commitment, the hard
yards are being put in and results are showing, why shouldn't there be
The Indian cricket board has also named former seamer Zaheer
Khan as the team's bowling consultant, while Rahul Dravid was appointed as
batting consultant for overseas Test series.
The first challenge for the new coaching set-up will begin
later this month when India tour Sri Lanka for three Tests, five one-dayers and
a sole Twenty20 international.