Shastri: 'I matured immensely in the last two weeks'

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Considering Kohli's preference for Shastri and what happened between Kumble and Kohli, BCCI took a u-turn and appointed Ravi Shastri's man Bharat Arun as the bowling coach of Indian cricket team.

After endless controversies, former India cricketer, Ravi Shastri, was chosen as India's head coach till 2019 World Cup. Kohli has been more in the news for his fallout with former coach Anil Kumble which became public during the Champions Trophy in England. "I started as a player and you only focus on the series that you have to play", he said as the team embarks on a tour featuring three Tests, five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off Twenty20 International.

"I don't think there is added pressure". Mine will be a refresh button that will be pushed and I carry on from where I left.

India was trailing the Lankans after conceding the first Test but fought back bravely to win a historic series. In 2015, India made a great comeback after losing the first Test and went on to claim the three-match series 2-1. He played two Test matches for India and had only 4 wickets to show for his efforts. "Regardless of what happens in the outside world, as a team we aspire to achieve what we want to achieve".

"I never come with any baggage. I don't need to elaborate too much on what he is good at, what are his strengths, it's there for everyone to see", he added.

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Shastri in the press conference said, "Shastri's and Kumble's will come and go, the team is more important". Speculation is not in my control. "I think this support staff is very experienced", he said.

All the current Indian bowlers credit the 54-year-old Arun for the helping them improve their skills when he was the bowling coach from September 2014 to March 2016 when Shastri was the Team Director. Everyone has faced hardships in the past.

When asked about his equation with Shastri, whether Virat will have to adapt to some new changes under him, the captain said there isn't anything new he will have to bring in as the dup has already worked together before and understand each other well.

"I certainly don't take any added pressure because the responsibility has been given to me".

Surprisingly Sachin is a part of CAC which picked up Ravi Shastri as the Coach. "You have to choose 10-15 actors here", Shastri said in an exclusive interview to India TV ahead of the team's departure for the Sri Lanka tour, which starts on July 26 at Galle. Firstly as a player, when you play the game. you want the mind clear.

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