Sunil Gavaskar praised Ravi Shastri: There is no better man

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Sunil Gavaskar praised Ravi Shastri: There is no better man

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had only words of praise for India coach Ravi Shastri. He thinks that he is a great motivator and that he influences the self-confidence of young players "Just 10-15 minutes with Ravi Shastri after a practice session.

You know Ravi has got the ability to give so much confidence to youngsters, it's unbelievable," Gavaskar said, as quoted by outlookindia "If he (Shastri) believes in their ability and talent, there is no better man than Ravi Shastri to give encouragement to that youngster.

He will scold you, tell you off but at the same time, he will tell you what you can do to get better, he will actually demonstrate to you," said Gavaskar. Gavaskar did not forget Bharat either "Then you have Bharat when you talk to some of the seam bowlers who did splendidly during the second half of the Australia tour, they are all full of praise for Bharat as to how he guided them."

"That's what these youngsters need to do. Spend as much time as possible with Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun. There are no better persons than these two when you are having self-doubts," Gavaskar said.

Temperament and talent

He compared temperament and talent and explained why they are so important "You need people around you who believe in you, and tell you 'yes you can do it," the iconic batsman said.

"I have always believed that it's temperament which separates the men from boys. If talent and temperament are married, it will always turn out to be a good marriage. "There are times when you feel they are not very confident of themselves and they are having self-doubts, I think those self-doubts are natural in a young man's life...

"So sit with people who are confident, believe in your abilities, and honestly this Indian team is so blessed to have the support staff they have." T Natarajan has aggravated his injury and looks set to have surgery.

Gavaskar gave his view of it "Physical fitness and skill, they both go hand in hand. It should be done in a 50-50 ratio. If you overdo the skill you are likely to be injured and if you overdo fitness, then also you are wrong," Arun tried putting things in perspective.

"We also have to understand that each bowler's needs are different. For example a Jasprit Bumrah would put more strain on his body than a Mohammed Shami," he said.