Tag: Ravi Shastri

India gives the world Bishan Singh O’ Keefe

Australia had more than enough on the board. India were lackadaisical after a long home season of piling on the runs. The toss was crucial, but only if Steven Smith could make it count. Australia had fluffed it before Mitchell Starc rescued them with the bat. India’s spinners are far better than Australia’s. India’s batsmen are too good against spin.

So much was said before India’s first Test against Australia at Pune that your opinion might’ve been swayed by which TV channel you were watching, which newspaper you took to the loo or which website you read on your phone on the go.

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ICC should know what happens if they try to kill Indian cricket, the golden goose: Shastri

Ravi Shastri at his candid best
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Indian cricket has rarely been in the pink of health, on the field, as it is now. The team, under the unified captaincy of Virat Kohli across formats, has begun to produce results consistently and Anil Kumble has put in place practices in the background that are ensuring steady growth. Off the field, however, turmoil has been the order of the day, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), at large, and certain administrators in particular, coming to grips with the sweeping changes laid down via the courts. Ravi Shastri, former India captain, long-standing commentator and recently head honcho of the team, pulls no punches when addressing these issues in a hard-hitting interview. Excerpts:

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