A few days ago, former India head coach Ravi Shastri revealed Hardik Pandya’s absence as an allrounder as a major reason that cost India trophies.

He has again weighed his views on what India lacked during his tenure. He said that India lacked part-time bowlers who could come in and bowl 4-5 overs.

He said, “In the past, we had Virendra Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, and Suresh Raina, but in the past 3-4 years, you had nobody. So, the whole balance of the side was compromised. So, it was good to see someone like Axar and Hooda on your side. They can bowl, they can bat.”

When asked why his tenure lacked part-time bowlers, he blamed the lack of communication between captain and selectors and said that selectors must search the domestic circuit and unearth talents.

He added, “What can help is better communication between a captain and the selectors. Where the selectors are told to identify one player in the top-6 positions who can give you 4-5 overs. ‘I want someone who can bowl 4-5 overs. Find someone in domestic cricket who can do that. Go and find that guy for me.”

He concluded by saying that players like Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja had ‘Keeda'(spark) in them to bowl.

He added, “Sachin would take the ball and try different deliveries like off-spin, and leg-spin. So that is keeda. So, there are plenty. Ajay (Jadeja) would love to bowl after he finished his batting. So, you have to identify. You have 1.4 billion people man, and you are trying to tell me, keeda nahi hai kisi batsman ke paas, bowling karne ka? Kamaal hai (No batsman is interested in bowling? It’s impossible).”

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