Gautam Gambhir plays Shastri down, stresses on humility

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Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir in an interview called out Shastri for taking a lot of pride in the achievements of the team. Team India’s disappointing group-stage exit from ICC Men’s T20 World Cup brought down curtains to Ravi Shastri’s 7-year long illustrious career as Head Coach. Over the years, the Shastri-Kohli jodi accomplished remarkable growth as a Test side.

From being a struggling team overseas to winning consecutive Test Series down under. Despite such feats, Shastri in his tenure often drew flak from critics for the team’s woes in ICC events of late – the recent World T20 in UAE being the latest example.

While speaking on what changes the new coach Rahul Dravid will bring into the dressing room, Gambhir said

“The one thing I found surprising is that when you are performing well, you don’t generally boast about it. It’s fine if others talk about it. When we won the World Cup in 2011, no one gave statements that we are the best team in the world, let alone the country…When you win, let others talk about it. You won (Test series) in Australia, that’s a big achievement no doubt. You performed well in England, no doubt. But let others praise you. Rahul Dravid will never give such statements. Whether the Indian team plays well or not, his statements will always remain balanced. Also, it will reflect on other players,”

Gautam Gambhir on what to expect from Dravid’s Team India

Gambhir further added that Coach Dravid will surely take note of the players so that they play the gentleman’s game as good human beings first. The 2 times IPL winning captain stated that he believes humility to be a virtue of prime importance in team sports like Cricket.

After India’s historic victory against Australia in the 2018-19 Border Gavaskar Trophy, Shastri in a press conference had hailed the triumph to be as big or even bigger than the 1983 World Cup and the 1985 World Championship wins.

His comments did not go well with either former Indian players or fans as he got trolled heavily on social media and Gambhir back then described Shastri’s claim to be childish.

Shastri lauds his lads for the last time

Ravi Shastri in his farewell speech praised the Men in Blue for over exceeding his expectations as a team. He said that he believes the team will be remembered as “one of the great teams that have played the game over the five-six years across all formats.”

Cricket Experts are divided in their opinions about Shatri’s stint as the Head Coach. But one needs to accept that after the infamous Kumble-Kohli fiasco, Shatri’s appointmenth brought stability in the dressing room.

This surely was instrumental in building a stronger team that has the potential to fight against all odds. We expect that this team will continue to flourish under Rahul Dravid. Fans hope to cheer for a team that is not just a world-beating side on paper, but conquers big ICC tournaments as well.

With a comprehensive 3-0 series win against the Kiwis, Team India will now be looking forward to meet them in whites. The First Test starts on November 25 at Green Park, Kanpur.

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