Two back to back defeats in the ongoing Test series against England has brought the role pf Skipper Virat Kohli and Coach Ravi Shastri under scanner. First, it was former England captain Nasser Hussain, who had blamed Kohli’s captaincy for India’s defeat at Edgbaston in the first Test.
Now, a former Indian bowler has attacked the team’s head coach Ravi Shastri, asking him to come out in the open and explain the reasons behind India’s humiliating defeats in the first two matches.
Speaking to Aaj Tak news channel, Harbhajan Singh, said, “The coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference.
Harbhajan, who has taken 417 Test wickets in his career, was referring to Shastri’s earlier comments that his team was afraid of nobody and cavapble of being one of the best travelling teams in the world.
“For us there is no away, every game is a home game because we don’t play the opponent, we play the pitch. Our job is to conquer the pitch wherever we go, Shastri had told a press conference last month. He had added, “One thing, on this trip, you will never see this Indian team giving an excuse as regarding conditions or the pitch. Our challenge is to beat them. We take pride in performing wherever we go and we want to be the best travelling side in the world. The last person to complain will be this Indian team (sic), so I want to clarify this very clearly.”
In the second Test match at Lord’s, England annihilated India by an innings and 259 runs as the match got over in just three days after the first day’;s play was washed out due to rain. Several former Indian cricketing greats had slammed the Indian team for surrendering before the English team.