India reached the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 under Ravi Shastri © Getty Images
India reached the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 under Ravi Shastri © Getty Images

Rohit Sharma has revealed the Indian team will miss Ravi Shastri, but has had few positives words to say about the new coach Anil Kumble. Shastri, who was the Team Director of Indian cricket team for 18 months till the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, was beaten by Kumble for the post of Indian team coach. Personally, the former all-rounder had expressed his disappointment on not being selected. India’s first task under the new coach Kumble will be a tour to West Indies, where they will play four Tests. Virat Kohli will be leading the side to their first piece of action in Test cricket in the Caribbean since 2011. ALSO READ: Shastri: It’s time to move on from IND cricket team

Rohit, who will be a part of the tour to West Indies, spoke about the team missing Shastri. “He [Shastri] took up the responsibility when we were in shambles. As soon as he came, he created a positive atmosphere around us.”

He then on to praise the incoming coach Kumble, with whom he had shared dressing room once. “I have two years of experience at Mumbai Indians and I know the kind of things we spoke about. I was the captain and he was the coach and mentor of the team. I got to learn a lot from him.”

“I was fortunate enough to play with him during the last months before he retired. I remember in 2008, I was part of the Test squad to Sri Lanka and he [Kumble] was the captain. And he always had this attitude of never giving up, which as a young player is so inspiring. He is someone who is very inspiring with the way he’s played his cricket… he’s trying to inspire people to try and take up the challenge which is lying in front of you, and react to those challenges. He will always be there for you as a mentor and coach.”