Mumbai2 hours ago
Former Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri has given a big statement. He has said that there was a gang of people in India who wanted to see him fail as a coach. He gave this statement to a newspaper in England. Ravi Shastri was the first director and then the coach of the Indian team from 2014 to 2021.
The appointment was in dispute
Ravi Shastri was made the director of the Indian team in 2014. During this, the Indian team was out in the ODI World Cup after losing to Australia in the semi-finals. After this Shastri was removed from his post and Anil Kumble became the new coach of India. However, in 2017 Ravi Shastri was appointed as a full time coach.
The role of then captain Virat Kohli in making Ravi Shastri the coach of the team is considered important. Kohli always wanted to see Ravi as the coach and there have been allegations that this is why Anil Kumble had to resign from his post without completing his tenure.
Ravi Shastri used to have a good track with Virat Kohli. However, in view of the poor form now, he has advised Virat to take a break from cricket.
Shastri said – my skin is thick
In a conversation with The Guardian newspaper, Ravi Shastri said, ‘I did not have coaching degrees, level 1? level 2? All gone to hell. And in a country like India there is always jealousy. There was a gang of some people who wanted to fail me. I had thick skin, thicker and harder than the duke ball you guys see. You need thick skin here. Rob (the manager of the England cricket team) will do the same, as he gets to work. Every day he will be judged just like me. I am glad that he has the experience of captaining Kent because interaction with the players is the most important thing.
Let us tell you that Rob Key has recently got the responsibility of England cricket. He too has been a well-known commentator like Ravi Shastri. Also he does not have any coaching degree like Shastri.
Ravi Shastri did not reveal the names but it is believed that Sourav Ganguly was not very happy with his appointment as the coach.
Everywhere the national team works in the same way
Based on the experience of working with the Indian team, Ravi Shastri believes that national teams work the same way everywhere in cricket. He said, ‘Rob may have to work more with home matches, but when it comes to the national team, they are the same everywhere.’
The most important thing is that you have to create a mindset to win and compete. You have to be domineering to achieve that.’ Shastri says that when it comes to team culture, what has been going on has to change.
Support for Ben Stokes to be made captain
Shastri feels that Rob Key should talk to former captain Joe Root to understand things. The former Indian coach says that Ben Stokes will be the right choice to take the England team forward. He says that the captaincy can bring a new kind of energy to Stokes and he can be a better player than he is now.