Rahul was appointed vice-captain for the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He managed to retain his place in the team for the last two matches but has been relieved of the responsibility of vice-captain. The former India coach said, ‘If the vice-captain doesn’t perform, someone can replace him. May be my words sound too bitter but I do not like vice-captain in domestic situation. Yes, the matter is different on foreign tours.
The former all-rounder said that there is no dearth of talent in India and a player needs to keep performing consistently to retain his place in the team. He said, ‘Rahul’s form and current mindset have to be seen. He is a tremendous player, but you have to convert talent into results and keep doing well. He said, ‘There is no dearth of talent in India and there are many players who are waiting for a place in the team. I am not talking about Rahul in this, there are many strong options in the middle order and bowling lineup as well.
Shastri said that a break (rest) can be very beneficial for a player struggling with poor rhythm. “Sometimes in those situations a break is better for a player as he can work on his game and get stronger and find his place,” he said. Shastri said, ‘Pujara was dropped from the team during my tenure (coach). He came back with a century, Rahul was also dropped from the team and he made a great comeback. You cannot take the rhythm of the T20 format to Test cricket.
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