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Ravi Shastri appointed by India as director ahead of ODI series

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Ravi Shastri appointed by India for ODIs (©GettyImages)
Ravi Shastri appointed by India for ODIs (©GettyImages).

India have appointed Ravi Shastri as director of the One Day International Royal London Series against England, BT Sport report.

The former Indian captain and all-rounder comes into a team badly hurting after their humiliation during the recent Test series.

Duncan Fletcher has retained his position as head aoach, but there have been many other changes if staff.

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Glamour Boy

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Shastri was the poster boy of Indian cricket throughout the 1980s - the decade in which he played most of his international cricket.

At six foot three, he was a fairly big presence at the crease when he was batting, averaging 35.79 in tests and 29.04 in ODIs.

The deep thinker and shrewd strategist only ever skippered India once in a Test match - against the West Indies at Madras in 1987-88.

He played his last Test match when he just 30, but has now become renowned around the world for his cricket commentary.

Pedigree

Shastri has been called on before by India in moments of difficulty. Following their disastrous first round exit at the 2007 World Cup, he was named cricket manager.

The 52-year-old’s effect on the team was obvious as India didn’t lose a match in the proceeding couple of Tests and three ODIs against Bangladesh.

Other changes

The BCC revealed that they are giving their bowling coach Joe Dawes and fielding coach Trevor Penney a “break”. What that constitutes to at this stage in unknown, but clearly there are some weary bodies in India’s management team.

Dawes himself played first-class cricket for the Queensland Bulls in Australia but never represented his country. Penney played for Warwickshire for 17 years and was known for his incredible fielding.

Former all-rounder Sanjay Bangar and former India fast bowler Bharat Arun have taken over the reigns from Dawes and Penny.

The first ODI of a five match series begins next Monday at Bristol so India will be hoping to feel refreshed and raring to go.

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