There's no reason to remove Shastri if he is doing well: Kapil Dev

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05 Jul 2021 | 05:42 AM
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There's no reason to remove Shastri if he is doing well: Kapil Dev

With Ravi Shastri currently being in England, Rahul Dravid has been appointed India's coach for the tour of Sri Lanka

Former India captain and all-rounder Kapil Dev believes there is no reason to remove Ravi Shastri from the Indian cricket team's head coach's position if he continues to do well. The 59-year-old's contract comes to an end after the completion of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman in October-November.

With Shastri currently being in England, Rahul Dravid has been appointed India's coach for the tour of Sri Lanka. 

"I don't think there is any need to speak about it. Let this Sri Lanka series get over. We'll get to know the kind of performance our team has dished out," Kapil told ABP New'.

"If you're trying to groom a new coach, there's nothing wrong with it. Then again, if Ravi Shastri continues to do a good job, there's no reason to remove him either. Only time will tell. Before that, I think it will put unnecessary pressure on our coaches and players."

Shastri has guided the Indian team to Test series wins in Australia twice. Under him, India also reached the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup and the WTC Final but went down to New Zealand in both the knockout games.

Two Indians teams are set to play in two different countries with Virat Kohli and his men gearing up for the five-Test series in England, while a Shikhar Dhawan-led team will take on hosts Sri Lanka in a limited over series.

"Indian team has big bench strength. If players get the opportunity and India can assemble two teams that can claim to win in both England and Sri Lanka, there is nothing better," said Kapil.

"If the youngsters get the opportunity, there's nothing wrong with it. But if it is up to the team management to decide whether they should apply such pressure on two teams simultaneously."

(With inputs from PTI)

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