Indian cricket coach Ravi Shastri has come under fire for the country’s humiliating 4-1 Test series loss to England – a second consecutive away defeat for the world’s top-ranked side.
Earlier this year, India had lost in South Africa as well and now the defeat in England has only raised questions on Shastri’s capability. He is also being weighed whether he will be able to pull off a victorious show at the Australian tour in November this year and the World Cup 2019 which everyone is looking forward to.
Ravi Shastri has claimed that his team was one of the best India had seen in past 15 years, however, his critics and former captains have demonstrated a thumbs down unanimously on his comment.
Respected and renowned commentator, Harsha Bhogle said,
“India had their moments but the scorecards say 4-1 and India weren’t as good as they should have been, this is two overseas disappointments in a row now”, as reported by Times of India.
Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan too has joined the dissent against Shastri on Sunday. He held the team India head coach responsible for the 4-1 debacle in the Test series in England and said that Shastri should be removed before Australia tour in November.
“Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before the Australia tour. Ravi Shastri is very good cricket commentator and he should be allowed to do so”.
Chauhan, is also the Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to mediapersons, he said,
“Team India should have performed better. Both the teams were evenly matched. But the Indian team failed to check tail enders of England.”
He thereby agreed to the growing demand raised by former cricketers for removal of Shastri as coach, ET reported.
The former Test opener also criticized Shastri for calling Virat Kohli-led present Indian team as the ‘best travelling team in the world’.
“I do not agree. In 1980s, the Indian team was the best travelling team in the world,” he said.
As per reports in Economic Times, commenting on India’s chances in the ongoing Asia Cup cricket championship in Dubai, Chauhan said a better result is expected as the team is balanced with experienced and young players.
Chauhan has played 40 Test matches and scored 2,084 runs between 1969 and 1981 during his cricketing career.
He made his debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai and played his last Test against the same country in 1981 in Auckland. Besides, Chauhan also played seven one day internationals.
Chauhan is the latest cricketer to demand Shastri’s ouster after former captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sahwag.
Former Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly also believes head coach Ravi Shastri along with batting coach Sanjay Bangar should be held accountable for India’s performances, as reported by The Statesman.
“Regarding Ravi Shastri, he has to be held accountable for the results along with Sanjay Bangar regarding why only one batsman is performing whereas others seem to have taken backward steps. Unless these questions are answered an overseas series win in the three countries looks impossible for India,” Ganguly told IndiaTV.
In the fourth Test match, India were bowled out at 180 runs while following a target of 245. Talking about India’s performance, Ganguly said, Indian batting has taken backward steps as they are not able to chase down moderate scores.
“This batting lineup hasn’t been making runs for a long time now. If you look at India’s overseas performances from 2011 until now, they have lost every big series. When Virat Kohli is at the crease it seems that he is playing against totally different bowlers as compared to when the other batsmen are batting. I believe that the batting ability of the current players has gone down,” he added.
Ganguly and Shastri have been at loggerheads since 2016 when Ganguly-led cricket advisory committee (CAC) picked Anil Kumble as head coach. However, Shastri was hot favourite to replace Duncan Fletcher as full-time coach until Kumble threw his hat in the ring. According to reports, Ganguly was strongly in favour of Kumble then as well.
After the loss of five match test series by India on 4th September, Virender Sehwag told India TV,
“The best travelling teams are made by performances on the ground and not by sitting in the dressing room and talking about it.”
He further added,
“You can talk big however much you want but unless the bat does the talking, and the ball does the talking, you cannot have a good travelling team.”