Secret of Dhawan’s success: Shastri’s pep talk before World Cup

Melbourne, PTI | Updated : 17 March 2015, 08:15 PM

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 just before the start of the World Cup, which definitely helped the fiery left-hander, who is presently India’s leading run-scorer in the World Cup with 337 runs, including two centuries and a half-century.

“Before the World Cup started, Ravi (Shastri) had a lengthy session with Shikhar (Dhawan) and gave him a pep talk.  Those of us, who have seen Ravi address the players from time to time would swear by his passionate speeches. It worked wonders for Dhawan as everyone can see,” a senior member of the Indian team’s support staff told PTI today on condition of anonymity.

According to the team official, the best aspect about Shastri’s pep talk was that it has got nothing to do with technical nuances.

“Ravi does not talk on cricketing matters or about any technical problems that the players might be facing. Ravi made one thing clear to the players. There is a chief coach Duncan Fletcher and three assistant coaches in Sanjay Bangar, Bharath Arun and R Sridhar. Any technical problem will be addressed by the quartet.

“For him, it’s about giving time to the players, understanding what’s going through their mind. In case of Shikhar, Ravi told him that he should just play in the manner that has got him runs all these days,” said the official. 

First Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 08:13 PM
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