Cricket expert Ayaz Memon speaks to India Head Coach Ravi Shastri as a preview to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
AM: When the team selection happened were you involved in some way? I know you have said in the past that this not your job, but inputs, point of view, perspectives?
RS: You have a chat with the captain but like I said we don't get involved in the selection and what is the point getting involved. You don't have a vote. So why go there and just tom tom away about anything. Selectors have a job to do and they picked 15. And now it is my job with the team management.
AM: Are you happy with the 15?
RS: Yeah, it is an Indian team. And we will go out there and play to win it. It is a good strong side.
AM: Do you think IPL form, does it matter, because at the start of the IPL, Virat and Rohit mentioned that you can't compare ODI form to....
RS: You can't. But if you are in good space you will take it. Why won't you take it? Now in the last week of the IPL, boys who were part of the World Cup squad, say Rohit or a Virat anyone who is part of the squad goes big, gets some big scores, you know, that will only help them going into the World Cup because they come in the frame of mind where they are in good nick.
AM: Should that be a basis for selection or no?
RS: Not really. Because T20 and 50 over cricket are totally different.