Veteran wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has made startling revelations about former India head coach Ravi Shastri, saying that he had very little tolerance for failures. Shastri, whose tenure ended after the ICC T20 World Cup last year, has been one of the most successful people to coach the Indian team.
During his stint, Shastri and Virat Kohli took Indian cricket to newer heights. India became a force to reckon with especially in Test cricket, having defeated Australia at home twice. They also fared exceptionally well against England and South Africa and were almost undefeated at home.
Karthik had played sporadically during Shastri’s tenure as India’s coach, especially during the 2019 World Cup. Speaking of his experience, Karthik said Ravi Shastri knew exactly what he wanted from the team.
“He (Shastri) had a very low tolerance for somebody who wouldn’t bat at a certain pace he did not like or someone who was doing very differently in the nets and in the match, he would go and bat differently,” Karthik said on Cricbuzz docuseries ‘Summer Stalemate’.
“He (Shastri) would not be very appreciative of that. Shastri knew exactly what he wanted from the team, the way in which it was played but his tolerance was very little for failures. He always used to push people to do very well,” Karthik added.
“He pushed players to try and achieve special things” – Dinesh Karthik on Ravi Shastri
Dinesh Karthik further added that Ravi Shastri pushed players to achieve special heights. He also believes Shastri was a larger-than-life person as a coach.
“I think Shastri, the player was somebody, who was probably not as talented but fulfilled his talent as coach. He did much better than what he was expected to do. As a coach, he was a larger-than-life person. He was somebody who pushed players to try and achieve special things,” he added.