With just a couple of days remaining before India kickstart their tour of New Zealand with a T20I series, head coach Ravi Shastri made full use of his off-time to explore Auckland. Also Read - Ravi Shastri Indulges in a Hilarious Twitter Banter Over Viral Meme After Motera Win
Shastri posted a picture of him alongside support staff comprising batting coach Vikram Rathour, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar seemingly taking a stroll in Auckland. Also Read - India vs England: Michael Vaughan Blasts BCCI, ICC Over Motera Pitch Controversy, Calls India Pink-Ball Test Win 'Shallow'
He captioned the picture “Breathe easy Auckland. New Zealand.” Also Read - IND vs ENG: Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh Slam Motera Pitch, Call It Not Ideal For Test Cricket; Sunil Gavaskar And Geoffrey Boycott Blame Batsmen For Failure
The support staff looked calm and in holiday mood.
The picture left its impression, notably with former England captain Michael Vaughan who took a shine to Shastri’s clothes, complimented him on the look.
He wrote: “Lovely Outfit Ravi !!!!”
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli-led India will lock horns against the Kiwis in five T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests in a one and a half month-long tour. The first match of the series is scheduled to be played at the picturesque Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.
Before leaving for New Zealand, Shastri said that the New Zealand and South Africa series could be used as a good platform for preparations for the upcoming World T20 in Australia later this year.
“That toss will be taken out of the equation, we will play well irrespective of conditions, of opponents and in every country of the world. That’s what our aim is and that is what we are chasing. Yes, the World Cup remains an obsession and we will do all to fulfil that ambition,” Shastri told PTI.
“The word ‘I’ is not there in our dictionary. It’s ‘we’. That’s what this team stands for. It celebrates each other’s achievements because it’s the team that wins,” he added.