Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of the Indian team, has been busy post his tenure with the Indian team which ended in November. Ravi Shastri is currently in Oman for the inaugural Legends League Cricket. He recently opened up on India’s dismal show in South Africa which ended with a whitewash in the ODIs.
Shastri was asked if he saw any change in Virat Kohli’s body language after stepping down from captaincy. Shastri said: “As I said, I’ve not followed a single ball in the series. But I don’t think there will be too much change in Virat Kohli.”
If you lose one series, you people start criticizing: Ravi Shastri
Even after India’s second whitewash in ODIs in the last two years and third successive ODI series loss outside Asia, former head coach Ravi Shastri does not see any reason to press the panic button after the team’s shocking performance.
In the backdrop of Virat Kohli’s departure as captain from all formats, India, under stand-in skipper, KL Rahul, were blanked 0-3 in the ODIs to cap a forgettable tour to South Africa.
India had earlier suffered back-to-back defeats in Wanderers and Cape Town to lose the Test series 1-2. At the end of that series, Kohli stepped down from captaincy in the longest format, marking the end of an era in Indian cricket.
If you lose one series, you people start criticizing… You can’t win every game, there will be wins and losses,” Shastri, who ended his tenure after the T20 World Cup in UAE last year, told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing Legends League Cricket.
How can the standard go down suddenly? For five years, you have been the number one side in the world,” he asserted.
India is set to have a packed cricketing schedule as they will be hosting West Indies, Sri Lanka, and South Africa this year.
With IPL being a 10-team affair this time, the home season would stretch till June before the Indians leave for England to play the final Test of a series that was halted midway last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak, followed by three T20Is and 3 ODIs.
• Ravi Shastri says he didn’t follow a single ball in the ODI series between India and South Africa.
• Shastri does not see any reason to press the panic button after India’s whitewash at the hands of the Proteas.