Indian cricket team Director Ravi Shastri has denied media reports that came two days ago stating head coach Duncan Fletcher was ignored and excluded from a private meeting of Shastri with Indian players. It was also said that the chief coach is being kept at bay from integral team planning.
Refusing all such reports, Shastri said Duncan has been integral part of team management and planning as there is no point of excluding him. “After the start of the World Cup, Duncan has been part of all meetings. The question of him not being part of meetings does not arise. We are keeping our heads down and concentrating on our task,” Shastri said.
According to team sources, Fletcher went to meet a friend when the gathering was held, and he wasn’t sidelined. “I am here, and the team is out there in a huddle and Duncan is talking to the boys. Does this mean they want to throw me out,” Shastri said in disappointment who believes such adverse reports downs the moral of the team participating in the World Cup.
BCCI also took the stand and said Fletcher will be team’s integral part until his term ends. Fletcher was signed as Team India’s official coach till World Cup 2015.
Coach Fletcher has been working hard with the team defending the World Cup, Shastri added. Starting their campaign ‘Men in Blue’ defeated the arch-rival Pakistan by 76 runs in a high voltage match. Except few glitches, everything went well for India in the match including Kohli’s ton and Shami’s four wickets.
With the promising start, Team India will go into the next game against Proteas on a positive note. Although India hasn’t defeated South Africa in the World Cup yet but can break the jinx in this World Cup. Former Indian coach and South Africa’s greatest batsman Garry Kirsten too believes that Team India have learnt to win World Cups and can defeat any cricketing nation on their day.