Cricket expert Ayaz Memon speaks to India Head Coach Ravi Shastri as a preview to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
AM: What are the issues that you are looking to resolve, if there are any, in the practice games?
RS: I don't think there's anything to resolve. It's just soaking in the atmosphere, believing in the combinations that we will plan and decide going into those practice games as a lead up to the World Cup and believe in that.
AM: There was so much talk on the number 4 slot at the time of the selection, do you think that a question mark which still exists on that spot?
RS: I don't think so because for me we are a flexible team. It’s horses for courses, we have got enough ammunition there, enough players who can bat at 4. So, I am not really worried about that.
AM: So, I must ask you this, the return of KL Rahul and Pandya, you know they were in a bit of a spot. They have come back strongly, and in fact their IPL form has been very encouraging. So how do you see that?
RS: See, you learn from your mistakes, you learn from adversities. And I said at that time, they'll comeback tougher, stronger and wiser and I can see that with both of them.
AM: Where the composition of the team is concerned, yes you know selectors have to do their job etc. but there are three fast bowlers and you have Hardik Pandya as the fourth option. But conventional wisdom says maybe you should have an extra fast bowler in England rather than an extra spinner. How do you see that?
RS: I think we have got all bases covered, really. Last thing you want is passengers on the tour. You want to have in those 15 players a player who can play anytime, at any given time. He shouldn't be in the 15 and could be called upon only if there is an injury. If there is a major injury to a fast bowler, there will be a replacement almost straight away, in fact we are going with 3-4 fast bowlers in the lead up to the World Cup. For all you know, one might stay back, you know whoever is impressive, the board might just keep him back and see what happens.