The ‘Champion of Champions’ Ravi Shastri has always had a strong presence in Indian Cricket. Whether it be during his playing career or when he had the mic during commentary. One cannot ignore what Shastri says or do even after retiring long ago from international Cricket. The current head coach of India Ravi Shastri still manages to attract several eyeballs. He wears his heart on his sleeves and still grabs attention and makes headlines. Shastri is controversies favourite child and there have been many instances when Ravi Shastri has landed himself in controversy.
Ravi Shastri was a terrific performer for India throughout his career. The spinning all-rounder knew his strengths and weakness as a player and tried performing at his best for his side. Once Shastri the player said goodbye to Cricket, his opinions in the commentary box still helped him remain a powerful figure in Indian Cricket.
Sometimes Shastri has landed himself in controversies with his statements and at times with his actions. He may not realise it but Indian cricket fans have an opinion about everything he does or says. The head coach of India is still very much part of every Cricket fans lives.
We try and find out what are those top 5 instances when Ravi Shastri landed himself in controversy:
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5. Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar
Ravi Shastri after losing the Test series against England 3-1 away from home ended up making a bold statement. The head coach when talking to media said that the current Indian test team is the best Indian team to tour away in the last 15-20 years. Responding to this big statement former India player Sunil Gavaskar had a fitting reply for Shastri. Gavaskar said that his side in the 1980s won more matches in England and West Indies.
Sunil Gavaskar said “Previous teams have also won Test matches away from home. I think these views of (Shastri) are perhaps only he can speak about it. What I can say is in 1980s Indian team has won in England and West Indies”.
Gavaskar also took a dig at the current Indian team which lost back to back series in England and South Africa in 2018. Gavaskar was clearly not impressed with the comments made by Shastri and decided to tell him the instances when India won away from home in his era.