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Ganguly said Yes to Ravi Shahstri, but BCCI said No

Mon, Jul 11, 2016, 10:50 AM
Former Indian cricket Captain Saurav Ganguly is prepared to give the devil its due. Although another former Captain Ravi Shahstri has become a crybaby after he was denied the office of the Indian cricket team coach, the three-member committee in which Ganguly was a member had recommended to the BCCI that Ravi Shahstry could still be continued as batting coach of the Indian team. But the idea was rejected by the board. In other words, what Ganguly later said was that the board did not want Ravi Shahstri in the first place.

In the event, Ravi Shashtri was unnecessarily blaming Saurav Gandguly for losing the prestigious position, which would have brought with it lots of money and perks. Now that Ganguly has clarified the correct position, that the BCCI did not want Ravi Shashtri, they had to call in some three score applications before narrowing it down to Anil Kumble.

As regards batting coach, Ravi Shahstri was not known to be a great batsmen. At best he may have scored one or two Test centuries to his credit. So he would not be able to coach much to the likes of Virat Kohli, who is a consummate batsman.

A batting coach should be one like Sunil Gavaskar or Vishwanath. All the others pale into insignificance. They should train batsmen to have nerves of steel to face the pace of the West Indians or the Australians. If you had faced betters like the famed pace quartet of the West Indies like Gavaskar did without even the helmet, so much the better.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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