The final of the T20 Asia Cup has been marred by an extremely ugly controversy. Recently, an image surfaced on the internet, where Bangladeshi pacer Taskin Ahmed is seen holding a severed head of Indian skipper MS Dhoni. The incident has sent vibes of negativity across the cricket world with reputed analysts like Harsha Bhogle condemning the ugly act.
In the pre-match conference, Indian team director Ravi Shastri was questioned about his take on the matter. Shastri was not too affected and gave a straightforward response that he didn’t read newspapers. “I don’t read newspapers. You, people, should read the papers, we should go and play cricket. I don’t have a habit of reading when there are matches around. You read, think about what is written and make your assessments on that. We will only go out there and play cricket,” said Shastri.
Speaking about the game, Shastri said that his side would treat the final like any other game. “They (Indian players) are experienced players and they should treat this as another gamer. Our approach to every team and every game has been the same,” he said. “Right from the start, we have approached every game as a knock-out game. The final will be no different for us,” he added.
“That was (first match) a good game. Bangladesh was a very good win, to start off with. In the first game, we were under pressure till the last 10 overs, when we bounced back. Every game is a tough game. It’s about how you balance things out in batting and bowling. We did an excellent job in that game,” said Shastri.