‘I don’t care what the world thinks’: Ravi Shastri
Well if one goes by the credentials, the former India captain and veteran star Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri has got so much to his credit. Having 80 Tests and 150 ODIs under his belt, Ravi Shastri is surely happy to note that newly appointed Test skipper Virat Kohli has got a lot of confidence in him.
So among a hell lot of speculations going around regarding his future role with the Team India, Indian cricket team’s Director Ravi Shastri, on Saturday made it clear that his future with the national side after the tour of Bangladesh will depend on his discussions with BCCI top brass after the series is over. He said “Yes, there is no question about that – my job is the Bangladesh tour. And after we’ll have to sit and talk. I am not thinking anything ahead. I am thinking Bangladesh, and that’s it,” Shastri told ESPN Cricinfo when asked about his future with national cricket team.
Appreciating the observations made by Virat Kohli, he said “It is nice to hear what Virat said but I must compliment the entire coaching staff. The coaching bunch we have are experienced people. When it comes to Virat, he is outspoken, he is straight. What you see is what you will get with him. That is the kind of mindset that is spreading within the team as well. It is an honest bunch. Apart from Virat being outstanding, I thought the Test series (in Australia) was the catalyst. Even today, 80 per cent of people who know their cricket say they enjoyed watching the Test series,”
Someone like Shastri, who is having a straight forward approach and is known for his straight talking, made it clear that he did not pay heed to people, who perceive him to be close to former BCCI president N Srinivasan.
Shastri bluntly elaborated “I have been associated with the BCCI for 35 years. During that period of time, including my broadcasting career, I might have gone through 10,12,13 (Board) presidents. Okay, let me tell you one thing: I am a guy with my own mind. And I am my own man. And I live for cricket. What people speculate and what the perceptions are, I have no right in stopping them from thinking or perceiving what they want. My job is to get out there and give my best for the game of cricket and, in particular, for the BCCI because they are my guardians. I don’t make any bones about that. I don’t care what the world thinks,”
Although Ravi Shastri applauded the newly-formed cricket advisory panel, he was very cautious in his reply when asked if their work will somehow interfere in the coaching domain. He concluded “I would imagine their general brief would be to advise on what is the best way for Indian cricket and domestic cricket to go forward. If I were to be part of this panel, my endeavor would be to give inputs as to how BCCI cricket and Indian cricket teams at all levels – A team, Under-19, grassroots – can be taken forward,”
So far Ravi Shastri has been able to successfully infuse the much needed fighting spirit based on his rich experience of almost three decades during his tenure as the director and in case he manages to get along well with the newly formed advisory committee of fabulous three, especially in away series, there will be no looking back for the Indian cricket, seemingly ready to dominate the world of cricket in all formats.
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