Ravi Shastri has been outspoken with his contrasting opinions on the team’s selection for the 2019 ODI World Cup and said that he was not satisfied with the inclusion of 3 wicketkeepers in the roster. MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik represented India at the World Cup, and Rishabh Pant was recruited into the squad due to an injury midway through the competition. All three players competed in India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand by 18 runs. Shastri believes that the coach and captain should “have a voice” in team selection in the future.

“I believe it is critical for the coach and captain to have an official say in team selection moving ahead.” It’s crucial, especially if the coach has a lot of experience. “I was there, Rahul (Dravid) was there, and the skipper should have a say as well,” Shastri told Star Sports. “I didn’t agree with the selection of three wicketkeepers for the World Cup.” Ambati (Rayudu) or Shreyas (Iyer) could have entered the room. What was the point of combining MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, and Dinesh Karthik? “However, except when I was asked for feedback or as part of a broader discussion, I never interfered with the selectors’ work,” Shastri added.

When India was eliminated in the group stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup, Shastri’s tenure as head coach came to an end last month. While Rahul Dravid took over as India’s Test and One-Day International captain after Shastri’s death, Rohit Sharma has taken over as T20I and ODI captain. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli continues to lead the Test team.