Opening batsman of Indian cricket team, Gautam Gambhir, in a recent interview with ABP News, criticised Ravi Shastri and said that Shastri is too desperate for the job.
“The way Ravi Shastri is reacting, during interviews and all, it only shows his desperation. According to me, there couldn’t be a better choice for India’s coach than Anil Kumble,” Gambhir told to ABP News.
Gambhir further added weight behind Kumble’s appointment and said that “I think Ravi Shastri couldn’t accept the fact that he didn’t get the job. The way BCCI has selected the coach, Anil Kumble was the best choice among all the candidates. It’s no surprise. When Anil Kumble applied for the job, he was the biggest and most professional name,”
“Ravi Shastri has been claiming that Indian team was very successful under him but he never told us that India lost ODI series to Bangladesh, lost ODI series to South Africa at home. So if you see, you played two World Cups and one of them was held at your home where you could only reach the semi-finals. That’s not a big achievement”.
“You are trying to show that India became No. 1 in T20s and Tests during your tenure, but what did India win in the last 18 months? You didn’t win an overseas series, you lost to South Africa at home, you went to Bangladesh and lost.
“Why Anil Kumble is the best choice because he himself was a hard-working cricketer and he will bring that attitude to the team. Ask Ravi Shastri how many throw-downs he did in the last 18 months? If you are trying to prove your success with big talks, I don’t think anyone would accept that,” Gambhir concluded
After being ignored for the post of Head Coach, Shastri looks a little bit miffed and in all the interviews, he is questioning the absence Sourav Ganguly’s during the selection process. Ganguly too has responded him in his own style by saying that he shouldn’t have gone on a holiday during the interview process.