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'Don't expect miracles in 15 days'
Wednesday 20 August 2014

Following his appointed as Team India director for the ODI series against England, Ravi Shastri said he was more on a "fact-finding" mission than teaching batting techniques to a beleaguered outfit.

Commenting on his role Shastri said, "My brief is to work with Duncan Fletcher and find out why a team that posted a splendid victory at Lord's collapsed in the last three matches. Like the BCCI, I too am eager to find out what went wrong and how it can be set right." 

When asked if he would consider taking up the job full-time, the former Indian all-rounder was quick not to speculate. "I can't talk about the future because the situation is quite fluid. My first job is to find out what went wrong and file a report to the BCCI. It will be up to the board to act on it and take it forward," he was quoted as saying by the Times of India. 


"It's an honour if the country wants you to do something. It's by playing for India that I've become what I am. It's because of the Board as well. Both in 2007 and now, I gladly said 'yes'," said Shastri, who was approached by BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel and the interim president Shivlal Yadav.


Shastri,however, doesn't see an immediate turnaround although the Indians are expected to play the ODIs better than the Tests. "Don't expect a miracle in 15-odd days," said the former Indian all-rounder.