Former India Team Director Ravi Shastri made it clear that he is “done” with the Indian cricket team and it’s time to “move on”. Shastri recently lost the race to be India’s new chief coach to former India captain Anil Kumble.
“The chapter is over as far as I am concerned. I firmly believe that it is time to move on. I have nothing more to add or say in this regard,” Shastri told PTI.According to various media reports, Shastri is apparently miffed about Sourav Ganguly a key CAC member not present while he was giving his interview for the head coach of Team India .In an interview he had this to say : “All I can say is that Ganguly wasn’t there when I was interviewed and you should ask what problem Ganguly has with me instead of asking me”. Giving hints that Ganguly played a role in his missing out the coach job.
It has been reported that CAC member Sourav Ganguly was not present during Shastri’s interview with the panel, something that has not gone down well with 1985 Benson & Hedges Cup hero.
Asked about Ganguly’s absence, Shastri was even more curt: “Nothing on Sourav. I have had enough of this. I don’t need to say anything. I was abroad and since I have comeback yesterday night, I have not had time to rest.” Given the tenor of the spat one gets to find that all is not well between the two former skippers .
It was learnt that Shastri did not make any PowerPoint Presentations but spoke about the achievements of winning limited overs series in England, T20 Clean Sweep in Australia, Test series win in Sri Lanka, World Cup semi-finals in Australia.
Many in the Board feel that the decision makers could have spoken to Shastri and told him that he need not apply as BCCI is looking ahead towards appointing a fresh face.
“The 18 months that I have spent with the Indian team has been the most cherished phase of my association with the Indian cricket. When you set out on a journey, you set the bar high but you don’t know what you can achieve. Credit to the boys for making it special,” Shastri had told PTI during a recent interview.
The former all- rounder though has hit out at Sourav Ganguly , Ganguly on the other hand has maintained a stoic silence over the issue and has refused to get into the war of words with Shastri. The spat clearly proves that the head coach selection was clearly not smooth as the BCCI likes everyone to believe .