Effusive in his praise for national cricket coach Ravi Shastri, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Saturday called him an “incredible” mentor with an “unbelievable” ability to motivate youngsters even in their lowest phases.

Gavaskar’s view was seconded by the national team’s bowling coach Bharat Arun.

“Just 10-15 minutes with Ravi Shastri after a practice session. You know Ravi has got the ability to give so much confidence to youngsters, it’s unbelievable,” Gavaskar said during a webinar to mark the book launch of ‘1971: The Beginning of India’s Cricketing Greatness’ published by Harper Collins.

“If he (Shastri) believes in their ability and talent, there is no better man than Ravi to give encouragement to that youngster. He will scold you, tell you off but at the same time, he will tell you what you can do to get better, he will actually demonstrate to you,” said Gavaskar.

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