Ravi Shastri dismisses reports claiming ‘best travelling team’ being raised in the meeting with CoA
Shastri has often been on the receiving end for his outspoken behavior during interviews and media conferences to receive the flak of those involved with the game.
Published - Nov 11, 2018 12:46 pm | Updated - Nov 11, 2018 12:46 pm
The past few months haven’t fared well for the Indian team in terms of their overseas tours after they were denied series wins against South Africa and England in Tests. The humiliating 4-1 loss against England didn’t go well with the Indian followers who believed this was India’s best chance to claim Test series win in England after a gap of 11 years.
However, India’s head coach Ravi Shastri has often taken pride in India’s overseas performance in the longest form of the game. The former left-arm spinner recently defended his boys terming them as the best traveling team in past 15 years. The comment didn’t augur well and received a lot of backlash especially after the loss to England.
Head coach quashes reports in reference to ‘best traveling team’ comment
As per reports in the media, it was learned that CoA was upset upon Shastri claiming this team as best traveling team in the last 15 years. However, the head coach has brushed aside every such report with no truth in this matter being raised in the meeting with CoA which also involved Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Ajinkya Rahane.
Earlier, as per a report, “When Ravi (Shastri) went on about how great this current team is, one of the CoA members just cut him short. The CoA member told him, ‘Let’s stick to the agenda of the meeting and discuss Australia tour policies. You don’t decide if the team is the best traveling side in the world. Let people be the judge’,” an official was quoted as saying by PTI.
Shastri in his own style mentioned, “The truth is that it [15-year comment] didn’t even come up. The so-called source needs to do some target practice. He is aiming Paris, hitting Tokyo,” he was quoted as saying by mid-day. Shastri has often been on the receiving end for his outspoken behavior during interviews and media conferences to receive the flak of those involved with the game.