“It’s not about Ravi Shastris or Anil Kumbles, it’s about the essence of Indian cricket.” Ravi Shastri during his first press conference after becoming the head coach of team India. In the same press conference, he suggested the exit of Yuvraj and Dhoni before 2019 world cup saying, “2019 is a long way to go, we will take decision on Yuvraj and Dhoni at the right time.” It was as diplomatic as it can get. First ODI series after that press conference, Yuvraj is out of the Indian team. “Yuvraj is rested.” Selectors said in the defence of that decision. “If Dhoni is not delivering, we will have to look at alternatives.” Selectors continued after selecting the team for Sri Lanka series. It means that they have tied the sword on Dhoni’s head as well.
We need experience in 2019 world cup and Yuvraj and Dhoni are the only experienced contenders left in the team. There are other players like Harbhajan, Gambhir and Nehra around but selectors are not even considering them. Intentions of our new head coach are clear. He wants the “YOUNG” team in 2019 world cup. Dhoni tried that theory when he was the captain of the Indian team. He kicked most of the seniors (players of the Ganguly’s era including Ganguly himself) out of the team and forced them to take retirement. As a result, our test team is renowned for its performance away from home. Not only test cricket performance, we had limited overs debacles as well but they are hiding behind most of the successful campaigns he had with the seniors (players of Ganguly’s era).
The worst part of this whole saga is that Virat Kohli has become the boss of Indian cricket. The moment Kumble resigned as a coach with that strong reason, BCCI should have taken the captaincy away from Kohli. Now, on paper the new boss of Indian cricket is Kohli and his deputy is Ravi Shastri but in reality, its vice versa. Ravi Shastri is the new boss of Indian cricket and Kohli is his deputy. It came out when Ravi Shastri opposed the appointment of Rahul Dravid (as batting consultant) and Zaheer Khan (as bowling coach). As a result, Ganguly came out and said “Zaheer Khan is bowling consultant and both Rahul and Zaheer will be with the team for 150 days a year.”
It seems like a big, dirty political game of Ravi Shastri and Kohli. Kicking Kumble out, applying very late for the post of head coach, opposing the appointment of Dravid and Zaheer and questioning the spot of seniors in the team. Any respectable man in place of Kumble would have resigned from the post, if he would have come to know that captain has reservations with his style of coaching. Instead of reservations, it was a game played by Ravi Shastri by taking Kohli into his confidence. Our new head coach has never thought good of Yuvraj since he has made a comeback from cancer and now, he is shaking his confidence by resting him. On the other hand, he has tied the sword over Dhoni’s head.
He has spoilt the essence of Indian cricket about which he was talking in that press conference with his mind games. On the personal note, I don’t enjoy Indian team’s matches anymore because of our great head coach. Thus, I have stopped following the Indian cricket. I am even ready to boycott it. In this country, cricketers are worshiped because we give them that value. If we will stop watching them then, they won’t even try to consider them as the boss of the game.
With such political abilities, Ravi Shastri can be next prime minister or the judge of supreme court.