Ravi Shastri Claims He Didn’t “Follow A Single Ball” During India’s ODI Series Against South Africa.
Shastri responded when asked if Virat Kohli’s body language has changed since the captaincy saga: “As previously stated, I have not followed a single ball in the series. But I don’t think Virat Kohli will change all that much.”
India head coach Ravi Shastri believes the team’s shocking Test and ODI series losses to an under-strength South Africa are a “temporary phase” that will be over soon. India were blanked 0-3 in one-day internationals following Virat Kohli’s departure as captain from all formats, capping a forgettable tour to South Africa.
IND had previously lost the Test series 1-2 after suffering back-to-back defeats in Wanderers and Cape Town. At the conclusion of that series, Kohli relinquished his captaincy in the longest format, signaling the end of an era in Indian cricket.
“People start criticizing you if you lose one series… You can’t win every game; there will be victories and defeats “Shastri, who left after the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing Legends League Cricket.
The ODI series loss in South Africa was their first since Kohli was fired as captain of the 50-over format in December of last year.
Shastri admitted that he did not watch a single ball of the South Africa series, but he refused to believe that the standard had fallen.
“How can the standard suddenly drop? You have been the world’s number one side for the past five years “He was adamant.
With the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, India has a full white-ball schedule this year. Hosting the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
ODI Series Against South Africa
With the IPL being a 10-team affair this year, the Indians will play the final Test of a series. That was halted midway last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Followed by three T20Is and three ODIs, before departing for England to play the final Test of a series that was halted midway last year due to a COVID-19 outbreak, followed by three T20Is and three ODIs.
Shastri insisted that there is nothing to be concerned about, dismissing recent setbacks as a passing phase.
Ravi Shastri Claims He Didn’t “Follow A Single Ball”
“What is there to be concerned about when you have a win ratio of 65% over the last five years? What is there to be concerned about, should our opponents be concerned? “He stated.
A day after the team lost 1-2, Kohli announced his decision to resign as Test captain. Such decisions, according to Shastri, should be respected because they are based on individual preference.
“It’s his decision. You must respect his choice. There is a time and place for everything. Many big players have left captaincy in the past because they wanted to focus on their batting or cricket.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Sunil) Gavaskar, or (MS) Dhoni. And now it’s Virat Kohli’s turn.”
When asked if his body language has changed since the captaincy saga. Shastri replied: “As previously stated. I have not followed a single ball in the series. But I don’t think Virat Kohli will change all that much.”
“I took a break after seven years in the game, having been a part of the team. One thing is clear: I do not wash dirty linen in public.”
“I made it very clear that the day I finished, I would be blank.” I don’t want to talk about any of my players on a public forum.
Kohli’s tenure as India’s most successful Test captain ended with 40 victories from 68 matches. However, he was frequently chastised for failing to win a limited-overs world event during his leadership of the shorter formats.