India focussed on finding balance between winning and giving extended run to youth: Ravi Shsatri

first_imgIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has said Team India will be looking to find the right balance between keeping the winning momentum going and investing in youth during their World Test Championships cylce.Ravi Shastri said India are a side in transition and it’s important to nurture youth and build a strong bench strength.Speaking to Intenrational Cricket Council after his side began the World Test Championship campaign in style in West Indies, Shastri said India are motivated to be well-placed and make the finals of the inaugural edition of the premier Test tournament.India collected 120 points after thrasing West Indies away from home in a 2-Test series. They will now hosts South Africa from October 2 in their second assignment of the World Test Championship.”The path should be that knowing well you have got 12 months to go for the T20 World Cup and you have about 18-20 months to go for the World Test Championship. Getting youth in during that transition period by keeping an eye on the youth is important so that they can mix with the experience and give us a really solid side,” Ravi Shastri told the ICC.”The vision is to keep the consistency level going. It will be a team in transition, and one has to keep an eye out for the youth and also keep an eye on developing the bench strength as far as batting and bowling goes across all three formats.”We should, at the same time, be never losing sight of the fact that you play to win. Never losing that angle, but yet, at the same time, investing in youth,” Ravi Shastri added.advertisementPride at stake in World Test Championship campaign: ShastriRavi Shastri, who was reappointed as the head coach last month, did not shy away from giving young Hanuma Vihari opportunities in both the Tests in West Indies even as it came to keeping in-form Rohit Sharma out of the playing XI.Hanuma Vihari repaid the faith by topping the batting charts in West Indies wherein he also got to his maiden Test hundred.India have also travelled with young left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the squad overs the last 12 months while the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have been thrown in at the deep end.Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri said India take pride in being the World No. 1 Test side and that the Asian giants will be doing their best to retain the spot.””We are playing at home [against South Africa], and it is the World Test Championship, so now there is even more reason on why you have to play the way you should. There are now points to be accumulated. We are the No.1 team in the world, and we have been for the last three years, so there is pride at stake as well,” Ravi Shastri added.”So we want to keep that consistency going and ensuring that we are placed nicely in the table for when the time comes to decide who plays in the final.”Also Read | World Test Championship: Why Australia are 4th despite Ashes-retaining victory in ManchesterAlso Read | Sachin Tendulkar scored his 1st ODI hundred exactly 25 years ago on this daylast_img

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