Indian Captain Still Feels His Team Better Than Indian Team Two Decades Ago


New Delhi: Going into the fifth and final Test against England, India coach Ravi Shastri raised eyebrows when he rated the current team better than those in the last 15-20 years. While former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly were among those who slammed Shastri for his comments, skipper Virat Kohli backed his coach after the Oval Test when he said that this team wanted to believe it is the best.

“We’ve to believe we are the best side, why not?” The question was repeated, and Kohli asked: “What do you think?” When he was told “I’m not sure”, he responded: “You’re not sure? That is your opinion. Thank you.”

Going into the game, Shastri had said: “Nothing to take away (from England), the endeavour of this team is to travel well, compete and win. If you look at the last three years, we have won nine matches overseas and three series. I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years that has had the same run in such a short time, and you have had some great players playing in those series.”

The comment didn’t go down well with Ganguly, who lashed out at Shastri for making ‘immature comments’.

“These are immature comments. You should not pay much attention to what Ravi Shastri says. What he says and when he says things, no one knows. Whichever generation is playing for India, be it Chetan Sharma’s or when I played for India or when Dhoni played or now when Virat is playing, we are all the ‘Indian Team’,” Ganguly had said.

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