London: Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri dismissed criticism for the launch event of his book ‘Star Gazing: The Players in My Life’ in London on 1 September. It was only after this event that several members of the team’s support staff were found positive for the Kovid-19 virus.
Shastri was accused
Shastri himself was caught by the virus, after which bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were also found positive with Kovid-19. On the eve of the fifth Test at Old Trafford, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar also contracted COVID-19, causing fear in the Indian team. After which the fifth and final Test of the five-match series between India and England was canceled on Friday. After which Kohli and Shastri were being held responsible.
Shastri gave a befitting reply
Shastri said in an interview to Mid-Day on Sunday, the whole country is open. Anything could have happened from the very first test. Shastri himself was caught by the virus, after which bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar were also found positive with Kovid-19.
Shastri said on the series
Shastri said, ‘It was a great season, I think England would not have experienced such a great summer before, especially against the Indian team. The players of both the teams showed a wonderful game.
Shastri said, during the time of Kovid, no team played in Australia and England, as the Indian team played in Australia and England. Ask the experts here I don’t get more satisfaction from anything other than sports.
Ravi Shastri’s next program with Team India will be the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14.