Twitterati tear into Ravi Shastri after he taunted previous Indian cricket teams
Here is what the Twitterati had to say on Shastri’s claims.
Updated - Sep 6, 2018 7:09 pm
The swords are out after India lost the fourth Test against England in Southampton earlier this week and with that, the third series in that country since 2011. After former Indian captains Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag indirectly lashed out at India’s head coach Ravi Shastri over the team’s dismissal performance, the latter defended the current team’s show overseas and it left the Twitterati aghast with the latter.
On September 5, Shastri said ahead of the fifth and final Test at the Oval that the current Indian team put up a good show overseas than any Indian team did in the last 15-20 years. He said the current lot won nine matches overseas besides three series – something that no other Indian side could ever achieve.
Shastri’s nine Tests & three series victory
The nine Tests that Shastri mentioned were against Sri Lanka (five), West Indies (two) and South Africa and England (one each) and three series that India won were against Sri Lanka (twice) and the Windies. However, the Indian team under the former all-rounder’s tutelage lost two major series overseas series this year – 1-2 against South Africa and now against England. India have more tough away series lined up in the coming months and with India’s poor show continuing uninterrupted on foreign soil, not many are hopeful either.
However, Shastri’s assertion did not go do well with the Twitterati. The man made claims that the current Indian team has the potential to become one of the best travellers in the world and that the visitors came to England this time to dominate more than compete. However, as it was seen, India could win only one of the first four Tests, losing the series with a game to spare.
The Twitterati tore into the 56-year-old for his taking a dig at former Indian teams that did better on foreign soil, especially under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Although India did not win too many series abroad, but they showed a remarkable improvement in their performance overseas and did not surrender meekly as it was often found in the previous eras.
Ganguly’s team won India their first series against Pakistan and drew Australia in Australia after taking a lead besides drawing England in England. Under the captaincy of his successor Rahul Dravid, India won series in countries like the West Indies and England and also took a lead in South Africa before losing the series.
Shastri, however, has had a sour relation with Ganguly in the recent past over the episode of selection of the national coach. Though he initially lost out the race to Anil Kumble, he returned later after Kumble quit allegedly over a fallout with skipper Virat Kohli.
Here is what the Twitterati had to say on Shastri’s claims:
'No other Indian team in last 15-20 years has had the same run as this one'
The series could easily have been 3-1 in India's favour – Ravi Shastri
— Suresh Purohit (@ImSureshPurohit) September 6, 2018
Indian coach is a Joker to say the least. Indian cricket is today wt it's is Because of Saurav ganguly . His legacy ll always remain in Indian cricket.Doesnt matter wt Shashtri says
— Rohit sharma (@rohitsharma_pkl) September 5, 2018
You forgot to tell Ravi Shastri that Sri Lanka , West Indies were way stronger teams not at the bottom and England was a top test match team and Australia was second best team in the history of the game after West Indies of 80 May be Shastri wants to play another series in SL
— Gurpreet Singh (@gscldh) September 6, 2018
— Chinthan_M (@mchinthan7) September 6, 2018
I am not going to describe or critique why. But ravi shastri has to go. The worst thing that can happen to the Indian team. Then it was the cunning Chappel, now it's a maniac Shastri#Ravishastri #INDvENG
— Chinthan_M (@mchinthan7) September 5, 2018
No other Indian team in last 15-20 years has had the same run as this one – Ravi Shastri .
Ravi Shastri there taking inspiration from Jose's post Sevilla game interview. 😋😋
— Red.Devil.Rathore (@Shaan_Rathoo) September 6, 2018
During @SGanguly99 's tenure as captain
2000: 1 Test win in Bangladesh
2001: 1 win in Zimbabwe (Not this Zimbabwe)
2002: 1 win in England (1-1), 1 Test win in WI (1-2), New Zealand 0-2
2003-04: 1 win in Australia (1-1), 2 wins in Pakistan (2-1) 1/2
— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) September 5, 2018