Ganguly gives a sharp reply to question on ‘Ravi Shastri’
BCCI President-elect Sourav Ganguly has given an epic response when he was asked about Ravi Shastri. His reply has gone viral on social media. During a media conference, Ganguly was asked whether he had spoken to Indian head coach Ravi Shastri.
In reply, Ganguly said: “Why? What has he done now?” Ganguly who is geared up to take over the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on October 23 replied with a chuckle.
It should be noted that Sourav Ganguly was not pleased with Ravi Shastri’s selection as India coach when he got the nod ahead of Anil Kumble was made coach of the Indian cricket team in 2016, pipping Shastri to the post.
The 47-year-old Sourav Ganguly filed his nomination on Monday. He is set to be the unopposed option for the role.
On Tuesday, Ganguly tweeted a picture with his new team comprising- Jay Shah, Arun Dhumal, Jayesh George and Mahim Verma.
Anurag Thakur who is the former president of the BCCI had reportedly played a substantial role to change the fortunes in Ganguly’s favour.
Soon after filing the nomination, Ganguly added that he plans to restore normalcy in Indian cricket.
“Hopefully in the next few months, we can put everything in place and bring back normalcy in Indian cricket,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters on Monday.
In 2016, BCCI appointed Anil Kumble for the post of India head coach for a one-year period. After being pipped by Anil Kumble for chief coach’s post, Shastri triggered a controversy when he said that, Sourav Ganguly, part of the three-member high-powered Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) was not present during his interview which he found the act to be “disrespectful”.
“I just feel his (Shastri) comments are very personal. If Ravi Shastri feels that Sourav Ganguly was responsible for him not being the India coach, he is living in a fool’s world,” Ganguly told NDTV three years ago.
“It angers me that he gave a suggestion that I should be available for such meetings. I have been a part of BCCI meetings for some time and I have always been available. My advice to Ravi is that when the coach of India is selected and one of the most important jobs, he should be in front of the committee and not sit in Bangkok and give a presentation while being on a holiday,” Ganguly said.
“I read in a couple of newspapers and chose to ignore it. I am extremely saddened that he went on air to express his view. Especially someone who has been in every BCCI committee for the last 20 years. He has been in my position for selecting the coach 10 years back. He is aware of everything. I informed BCCI on June 19th and I have got official mails. I will circulate those mails once I get a clearance from BCCI,” Ganguly said
Ganguly further added,”I don’t know whether he is serious or not serious but I hope he was if he wanted one of the most important jobs in the game. But if he is talking about respect then he should have been here as well.”
“When you have a three-member committee and important people are involved in the decision making then it is not just about Sourav Ganguly, so these personal remarks have been very saddening.”