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