London: "Last three years, we won nine matches overseas and three series. I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years who’ve had that kind of run in such a short time. And you’ve had some great players in those series,” said India head coach Ravi Shastri, on Wednesday, ahead of the fifth and final Test against England.
While the Indian cricket team fans and experts were not too pleased with the side’s series defeat, with some fans asking BCCI to sack Shastri as India coach, Shastri’s comment, on Wednesday, irked many.
The nine wins that Shastri spoke about were in Sri Lanka (5), West Indies (2), South Africa (1) and England (1) and three series wins were in Sri Lanka (2) and West Indies (1).
Some of the Twitter users made it clear that Shastri undermined the achievements of the previous Indian teams and the captains such as Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and MS Dhoni amongst others.
During @SGanguly99 's tenure as captain
2000: 1 Test win in Bangladesh
2001: 1 win in Zimbabwe (Not this Zimbabwe)
2002: 1 win in England (1-1), 1 Test win in WI (1-2), New Zealand 0-2
2003-04: 1 win in Australia (1-1), 2 wins in Pakistan (2-1) 1/2— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) September 5, 2018
To @RaviShastriOfc— Kushan Sarkar (@kushansarkar) September 5, 2018
During #RahulDravid tenure
Test series win in England and West Indies (better teams than current ones)
1 Test win in South Africa (1-2 series loss).
During @anilkumble1074 regime
Test win at Perth (1-2 series result) 2/3
Harbhajan Singh, who had recently criticised the Indian team for their performance in England, retweeted these three tweets.
Team Is A Better Travelling Side In Last 15-20 Years, Says Ravi Shastri 😀😀😀 MAY BE NEEND MEIN BAAT KAR RAHA HOGA— ZAFAR SHEKHANI (@ZAFARSHEKHANI2) September 6, 2018
Also, preceding msd , 1986- kapil dev series won in Eng, 2002 -sourav Ganguly series drawn, 2007 rahul dravid test series won in england.— neeru bhatia (@neerubhatia3) September 5, 2018
@BCCI @SGanguly99 @cricketindia @virendersehwag Saddest thing in Indian Cricket right now is Ravi Shastri.A film dialogue press meet before every test and not performing is sick. And what's his problem with prev Indian teams?— GL Sham Prasad (@glshamprasad) September 6, 2018
No other Indian team in last 15-20 years has had the same run as this one - Ravi Shastri .— Red.Devil.Rathore (@Shaan_Rathoo) September 6, 2018
Ravi Shastri there taking inspiration from Jose's post Sevilla game interview. 😋😋
You forgot to tell Ravi Shastri that Sri Lanka , West Indies were way stronger teams not at the bottom and England was a top test match team and Australia was second best team in the history of the game after West Indies of 80 May be Shastri wants to play another series in SL— Gurpreet Singh (@gscldh) September 6, 2018