Indian head coach Ravi Shastri is under the pump at the moment with his team losing the Headingley Test. Ahead of the next Test at The Oval, he and skipper Virat Kohli are having to do a lot of rethinking on choosing the correct players. A few players are on the periphery of getting selected while there are question marks overs a few.
In the meantime, Ravi Shastri spoke to Times Now about his future with the Indian team. Shastri’s tenure with the Indian team ends after the T20 World Cup. Times Network’s Group Editor Navika Kumar asked him a set of questions and among them was a question on Sourav Ganguly.
She recalled an instance when the former Indian skipper was late for the bus under Shastri as coach and the bus left without him. On being asked about the incident, Shastri said: “If someone comes late for the bus, the bus will go, doesn’t matter who he is – it just happened to be Sourav that day”.
We Go A long Way: Ravi Shastri On Sourav Ganguly
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'If someone comes late for the bus, the bus will go …. doesn't matter who he is – it just happened to be Sourav that day'
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 1, 2021
Further when questioned about his relationship with Sourav Ganguly Shastri replied saying ” Absolutely not. I just had a chat with him when he was here (in England). I have watched a lot of his cricket. In fact, he played in the same team as I did (Tata Steel). I played for Tata steel as captain and he played under me.”
“We go a long way. The media love these stories. They love this bhel puri & chat, and will make nice masala out of it. I also enjoy these stories a lot,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly was asked about the same incident at a series called “Breakfast With Champions” hosted by Gaurav Kapoor. He jokingly said that no one should interview Ravi Shastri in the morning.
“You don’t interview him [Shastri] in the morning, don’t bring him on the breakfast show he wouldn’t remember what he said. When I meet him, I will ask what did you say on the breakfast show, that never happened I don’t know where he got that from,”said Dada.
Unfortunately, after the statements by Shastri and Ganguly things were blown way out of proportion.