Shastri’s New Coat

July 17 2017

Politics is slowly devouring Indian cricket just like a solar eclipse. The open spat between captain Virat Kohli and former coach Anil Kumble had had its beginnings when Virat was captain of the IPL Bengaluru team Royal Challengers and Kumble its coach. Such was the heat from the clash of titans that even the intervention of team owner Vijay Mallya could not douse the flames. It is said that when Kumble was named as Indian team coach, Virat had staunchly objected, but Anurag Thakur and Shirke had put their foot down. So the stage had already been set for the ICC Champion’s Trophy squad, and this is perhaps the biggest factor in India facing a humiliating defeat in the finals? It is said that Virat would never listen to Kumble in the selection of the final eleven, and would get his thing done through a dictum drawn directly from the BCCI bosses. Now that there was again a question of selecting a national coach, Virat proposed the name of his “Dilli-Connection” Virendra Sehwag. But the BCCI felt that the mouth-shooting Shewag is too immature for the role. Then came up the name of Saurav Ganguly. But Virat, Gavaskar and clique got the name scuttled, and thus Ravi Shastri got his new coat.

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