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Get Sporty : Ravi Shastri's pearls of wisdom on Indian cricket strategies

<-- Looking for some positivity, Mr Shastri?

Ravi Shastri
was commenting during the pre-match session of our ODI with South Africa today, on how India is playing "negative" by keeping Anil Kumble out in the reserves, considering the state of the Durban pitch. Leaving aside the merits or de-merits of the argument, I would really question Shastri's right teach anyone in Indian cricket the merits of positivity.

When I was a kid, I remember how Shastri used to INFURIARATE (that's the only word to describe our mental state) us cricket fans by playing in one dayers and in crunch situations like he was playing a Test match and Time was his own personal slave.

I can understand that the game has changed since some of today's commentators played and they are now commentating from TODAY's perspective yet, Shastri was a particular breed of a player who, only now (thank god) is disappearing. A breed which always put personal records above the match result and did everything he could to survive in the team, come what may.Many a Indian ODI defeat in those days, could be attributed to many star players of this category and some one should really tell Shastri that at least Greg Chappel has got one strategy right : to make sure that the team members know that they cannot survive, if they play for themselves and not for the teams victory.

For that, and that alone, we are eternally thankful to Chappel.

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