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“Endeavour” is to try out various combinations ahead of T20: Shastri

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Not too affected by India’s surprise loss to Sri Lanka in the first T20, Team Director Ravi Shastri on Thursday said the “endeavour” is to try out various combinations by giving everyone opportunities ahead of the big-ticket World Twenty20 next month.

Shocked by an inexperienced Sri Lankan side on a green wicket in the first match at Pune, India would aim to regain their winning touch and keep the three-match series alive when they take on the island nation in the second Twenty20 cricket international here tomorrow.

“Ideal scenario would be to give most of the guys who are part of the World Cup squad a run. That will be the endeavour but you will have to see what the conditions are, what the state of the series is and accordingly decide,” Shastri said at the pre-match press conference.

The former captain said he is focussed on the World T20 and not thinking about the possibility of becoming a full time coach of the Indian team.

“I don’t know. We have time till World Cup we will see after that,” Shastri said when he was asked about the full time coaching job, adding, “As I had said time and time again we live in the present. Focus should be till the World Cup. We are employed by BCCI and they will judge the performance. My job is to take care of the Indian team.”

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