There were rumors about a possible cold war between the Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri and the former Indian team captain and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly for the past some days, but Ravi Shastri has dismissed it by having a ‘brilliant chaat and bhel puri for the media’. Both Shastri and Ganguly had a public fallout in 2016 when the former reapplied for the post of coach and the latter was a part for the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which choose Anil Kumble for the position. In 2017, Shastri got back the job after Kumble resigned from his post due to publicized differences of opinion with the Indian Team skipper Virat Kohli.
Ravi Shastri And Sourav Ganguly On Their Rift:
Ravi Shastri, in a statement in the latest episode of India Today Inspiration, said, “Ganguly took over Indian cricket at the most troubled times. You need the faith of the people to come back. What he has done as a cricketer… I have the whole respect. If people think I don’t respect that, to hell with them. As far as the Sourav-Shastri game that is going on, that’s brilliant chaat and bhel puri for the media.”
During the ‘India Today Conclave (East)’ on Friday, Ganguly was asked about the cold rift that he has an axe to grind with Shastri because of their past differences.
“That’s why it is speculation. I don’t have an answer to this speculation. It’s quite simple. It’s all about the performance. You perform, you will sustain or else somebody else will take over it. It’s simple logic,” Ganguly has stated.
Ganguly said that there should not be any need for re-appointment of the head coach even though the purpose of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was to choose the head coach.
“I don’t think so that it will jeopardy the selection of Shastri. I am not sure though. Even we had chosen the coach when there was this conflict issue,” Ganguly added.