Ayub, who was with the Indian team on its four-month long Australian journey including the World Cup, feels Shastri has had a positive influence on the current crop of players.

"I think Shastri is doing a very good job. He is working well with the team and the result is for everybody to see. He has brought in his vast experience and the boys are responding to his mentorship. So I think at the moment the present set-up is working really well for the unit," Ayub said.

"The way the team performed in Australia was a testament to that. I mean they really came well from the tri-series disappointment to play exceptionally well in the World Cup after that. The current coaching set-up has done a fantastic job and if they are given a one-year run then they could really make a difference.

"Sanjay Bangar(Assistant coach), Bharat Arun (bowling coach)and R Sridhar (fielding coach)are all very able in their respective departments," he added.

Ayub, 56, though stayed non-committal when asked about the administration's delay to find a new coach since Duncan Fletcher's departure. Ayub, who toured Bangladesh with the Kirsten-coached team in 2010, also said that an Indian can fit into the role of a coach in a better way than a foreigner.

An off-spinner, who played 13 Tests and 32 ODIs during a four-year international career, Ayub backed the spin duo of Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin to come good in the one-off Test if they are picked in the playing XI.

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