15-yr comment didn’t come up in ‘ex­cel­lent meet­ing’

Coach Ravi Shas­tri rub­bishes re­ports that said a CoA mem­ber told him peo­ple should be the best judge of how this team com­pares with the past lot

Mid Day - - Front Page - CLAY­TON MURZELLO clay­ton@mid-day.com

RAVI Shas­tri has rub­bished a news agency re­port that quoted an un­named BCCI official as say­ing that a mem­ber of the Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (CoA) told the In­dian cricket team’s head coach that the peo­ple should judge whether this is In­dia’s best trav­el­ling team in the last 15 years. Shas­tri made the ‘best in 15 years’ comment af­ter In­dia lost the fourth Test against Eng­land at Southamp­ton.

‘The truth is that it [15-year comment] didn’t even come up. The so-called source needs to do some tar­get prac­tice’ In­dia head coach Ravi Shas­tri

IN­DIA had a chance of evening out the score­line in Southamp­ton since they won the third Test at Trent Bridge. In the end, Eng­land won the Pataudi Tro­phy at the Oval 4-1.

“The truth is that it [15-year comment] didn’t even come up. The so­called source needs to do some tar­get prac­tice. He is aim­ing Paris, hit­ting Tokyo,” Shas­tri told mid-day.

When asked whether he was dis­ap­pointed that the con­tents of a con­fi­den­tial meet­ing be­tween the team’s core group (Shas­tri, Vi­rat Kohli, Ro­hit Sharma and Ajinkya Ra­hane), the CoA, chief se­lec­tor MSK Prasad and three top notch BCCI em­ploy­ees were leaked, Shas­tri shot back: “Too bad. In this job, noth­ing dis­ap­points you. It’s part of the run.” The for­mer In­dia all-rounder and cap­tain called it an “ex­cel­lent meet­ing.” The meet­ing was held in Hy­der­abad dur­ing the In­dia v West Indies Test played at Up­pal, where In­dia won the se­ries 2-0.

In­dia are due to tour Aus­tralia later this month, where they play a T20 se­ries, a four-match Test se­ries and five one-day internationals. In­dia are yet to win a Test se­ries Down Un­der. The clos­est they came in re­cent times was in 2003-04 when the se­ries ended 1-1. In­dia, for the first time on Aus­tralian soil, drew first blood in Ade­laide, but lost the next Test in Mel­bourne. They drew the fi­nal Test at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground, where they had Aus­tralia on the mat for a good por­tion of the game. Forty-one sea­sons ago, Bis­han Singh Bedi’s team lost the first two Tests only to come back and win at Mel­bourne and Syd­ney. But they lost the de­cid­ing Test at Ade­laide against an Aus­tralian team led by Bob Simp­son. In 198081, Su­nil Gavaskar’s In­di­ans drew the se­ries 1-1.

Ravi Shas­tri


Vi­rat Kohli Ro­hit Sharma In­dia coach Ravi Shas­tri dur­ing a net ses­sion at Edg­bas­ton in Birm­ing­ham last Au­gust.

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