Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir who announced his international retirement earlier this month has slammed current Indian head coach Ravi Shastri over his best touring team comment. Shastri made this comment after India’s 1-4 Test series defeat against England earlier this year. Ahead of the England series, India lost a Test series against South Africa 1-2.
India is yet to win an overseas Test series this year and the series against Australia is India’s last hope to better their overseas record this year. India’s away record has not been great of late over the years and Shastri’s comments on top of that have exposed this aspect of India’s game. Gambhir further went onto comment that Shastri has not done anything commendable in his own cricket career and neither as the coach of the Indian cricket team.
“I don’t know what Shastri has achieved in his career,” said Gambhir demeaning the stature of the former Indian skipper.
Having announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, Gambhir will not be a part of the upcoming 2019 IPL auctions. He stepped down from captaincy after just six matches after the franchise decided to rope him in for IPL 2018. They then decided to release him ahead of the next IPL auctions.
Gambhir, who was India’s top scorer in the two ICC World Cup finals will always be remembered as a gutsy cricketer. Besides being a part of Team India’s victorious world cup campaigns, Gambhir also led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles (2012, 2014) being associated with the franchise from 2011-2017.
Shastri is currently with the Indian team which is playing Australia in the second Test match in Perth. India lead the series 1-0 after their win in Adelaide by 31 runs.