“When I was head coach, I had told Indian top order that they were timid,” Ravi Shastri believes Indian team is now batting with right approach in T20 cricket

Ravi Shastri wants India to continue playing with attacking mindset even if they lose a few games

The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri reckons that the kind of cricket India are now playing in the shortest format under Rohit Sharma is the right way to approach T20 cricket. Shastri revealed when he was in charge of the Indian cricket team as head coach, he had also asked the Indian top order to do the same.

India’s performance in the last T20 World Cup was abysmal to say the least and it was, incidentally, also Shastri’s last tournament as India’s head coach. Since then, there hasn’t been too much of a change in the Indian set-up in terms of personnel, but India’s approach has certainly changed.

The Indian top order is now batting with a more attacking mindset and India are getting off to quick starts in the T20 games even when they are losing early wickets.



Batting aggressively might not always work, but it’s still worth it: Ravi Shastri

According to Ravi Shastri, batting aggressively doesn’t always work because there will be games where the entire batting line-up might collapse, but if the players gain enough confidence from batting aggressively on a consistent basis, they can take that confidence to the big games, which might not happen if they don’t play aggressively in the lead up to the big games.

Shastri reckons the Indian top order doesn’t need to worry too much about failures because even if India’s attacking approach doesn’t work upfront, India has got quality players in the middle order to get the job done.

Since the time India has adopted the attacking approach, there have been question marks if India’s former captain Virat Kohli can adjust his game according to India’s new style of T20 batting. Shastri is of the view that Kohli can easily do that because he has got so much experience of playing in different situations in the IPL for so many years.



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