Seamer Umesh Yadav, who played 12 of the 13 Test matches in the long home Test season during the Anil Kumble tenure, however, did not skirt the question. "I try bringing the best of out of the team with support from management", Kohli said. While they have been doing a decent job on field, it's the off-field fiasco's that have dominated the headlines. "That's something I have focussed on the past couple of months", he said in a Mumbai hotel on Wednesday (July 19). Speculation is not in my control. It was his experience with the current team along with his functioning dynamic with Kohli that many believe helped him edge other front-runners for the coaching job.
Shastri was also very vocal when asked about the appointment of Bharat Arun as the bowling coach. "There is a track record - 15 years he has been coaching".
"You look at the last (2015) World Cup". I know what's expected and what's on the plate.
On the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, Kohli said, "I don't think there is added pressure". What has to happen will happen. "So this is the right time for him to join us and take Indian cricket to newer heights". I did that because I take them along and also not give an opportunity to say that we took a decision behind their back and all that.
"I don't think there is added pressure. I'm going to have a crack and see how far I get".
Australia's Patrick Farhart and Shankar Basu also retained their positions as physio and trainer respectively, for the same two-year period until the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup. Shastri said, "I have matured immensely". Mine will be a refresh button that will be pushed and I carry on from where I left. I don't come in with any baggage.
Shastri, back with the India team after Anil Kumble resigned following the ICC Champions Trophy final defeat, made it clear that India's rise to the top of Test cricket was because of the efforts of the players over the last few years. The Sri Lanka series in 2015, Virat Kohli's first as full-fledged captain, saw a turnaround in fortunes for the coaching duo of Shastri and Arun as India won 2-1 and then went on to blank South Africa 3-0 at home.
"We showed more belief in our abilities and that we could win from any situation", Kohli said, referring to the victories in the second and third test. Yes rain did eat up much of the time but it's not that if I had those extra sessions I would have done something out of the ordinary in Sri Lanka.