Kirti Azad blasts Ravi Shastri, desires Rahul Dravid to coach Group India
Former Indian cricketer, Kirti Azad was scathing in his criticism soon after Ravi Shastri and company lost the very first Test in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka, saying that Shastri can only talk and Rahul Dravid can deliver.
Azad wrote in his column in DNA news that India let the match go away from their hands soon after taking 192 runs lead in the 1st innings. He also taunted Shastri by reminded readers that when India lost final time in this exact same manner, Shastri was a part of that team too.
“Sri Lankan players ensured that their group turned a large 192-run deficit into a 176-run target for India. The Indian batsmen stumbled against the guile of Rangana Herath, providing away a 1- lead to Sri Lanka,” Azad wrote. “This is the second time that India have lost in pursuit of chasing a target of significantly less than 200. The very first instance was against the West Indies in Barbados in 1997, where India had been bowled out for 81 while chasing 120. It appears that Ravi Shastri, the existing group director, was there too.”
He added that Shastri is only speaking and not bringing the outcomes which are required.
“Shastri is a fantastic talker, but speaking alone does not deliver final results. It is not surprising why the cricketers want Shastri to continue as mentor cum coach, and are not interested in a hard taskmaster as their coach. The stage was set by the players of the previous years,” he wrote.
On Rohit Sharma’s form
Azad said that he does not doubt Sharma’s capability, but playing him as an alternative of the available player Cheteshwar Pujara is not a very good selection. He compared the current group with the previous and concluded saying ths team is at a loose end.
“Rohit Sharma is an enigma. Although nobody doubts his possible, he like Suresh Raina, who has taken years to mature and deliver the goods. Receiving him at No. three was never a wise choice, specifically if the contingent has Cheteshwar Pujara, who has a far much better and tighter defence.
“Sadly, following the retirements of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, who utilised to shepherd chases around themselves, this young group appears to be at a loose end. Sachin Tendulkar’s record in fourth innings chases was never ever especially great, and it was left to Dravid to knit valuable rearguard action in the organization of Laxman. Both of them could tackle the situations and bowlers with equal equanimity,” he further wrote.
On India coaching concern
The former right-handed batsman expressed concern about the new Indian coach for the team and wrote that Dravid must be offered the leading job since he is carrying out really good with India ‘A’ group.
“Back to the coaching. What is the BCCI performing about finalising the head coach? I comprehend that the five wise males have (The advisory comittee) met only when — the shoe, it appears, is on the other foot. The present team does not want to settle for anyone other than Shastri. But, what are they doing? Dravid’s fine run with India ‘A’ must make him a front runner for the job, and the appropriate selection. Dravid is the ideal selection amongst Indians and he can straightaway be offered the job. I hope that you all agree.”