'Get rid of excuses': what captain Virat Kohli wanted from his team
India head coach Ravi Shastri has produced the goods for Team India in terms of results since he took over the reins from Anil Kumble. Shastri has the best record amongst all Team India head coaches, and under his reign, India recently won the Test series against Australia and England, despite going 1-0 down early on in the series.
In a recent interaction with the media, after India defeated England in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad, Shastri said that one of the things that he has learned since becoming the head coach is the importance of man-management.
"I didn't know what to expect when I first took up the job. But what I have learnt in last six years, I haven't in the past 35 years (as a player and commentator).
"Man management is the most important thing. More important is to understand human behaviour, their instincts, mind-sets. How someone reacts to failure, how someone reacts to success, when to talk, whom to talk and whom not to talk.
Shastri also explained what India captain Virat Kohli wanted from the team after he was given the leadership duties.
"Virat wanted work ethic, fitness, high fielding standards and trust within the system and also get rid of excuses that this is not right and that went wrong etc etc," he revealed.