India coach Ravi Shastri was criticised by the media and cricket fraternity after his side faced a humiliating 1-4 defeat in the recently-concluded Test series against England. As a result, top ranked India also dropped 10 points in the latest Test ranking released by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The defeat comes after the loss suffered in South Africa earlier this year, under the coaching of Ravi Shastri. The media and cricket fraternity didn’t take kindly to Shastri’s take that suggested that this Indian team was better than prior sides, its poor run overseas notwithstanding.
Prior to the final Test at the Oval — which India lost by 118 runs — Shastri had raised eyebrows with lavish praise for India.
“If you look at the last three years, we have won nine matches overseas and three series. I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years that has had the same run in such a short time,” he said.
India had won two recent series in Sri Lanka and one in the West Indies.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was part of the committee that appointed Shastri last year, dismissed the coach’s claims as “immature”, telling Indian television Shastri must improve the team.
Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that Indian teams of the 1980s had won series in England and the West Indies — as well as a series victory in England as recently as 2007.