Former Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri is known for being frank with his words and speaking his mind in all scenarios. Former fielding coach R Sridhar who worked alongside Ravi Shastri for a long while started an interesting story when India was touring Australia during the Covid-19 pandemic era.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, playing cricket became a challenging task, particularly for Indian players who faced strict isolation measures and limitations, especially when playing overseas.
These difficulties were evident during India’s tour of Australia in 2020/21, which coincided with the first wave of the pandemic. A lot of drama ensued regarding Covid-19 protocols between the second Test in Melbourne and the third in Sydney.
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In December 2020, a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney led to stricter restrictions in New South Wales. Cricket Australia considered the possibility of swapping the venues of the third and fourth Tests or hosting both matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Indian cricket team found themselves caught in the middle of this chaotic situation.
Ravi Just Told Him That He Was Going Out For Beer: R Sridhar
Describing the tour as a chaotic experience, Sridhar wrote about the incident in his book Coaching Beyond, where Cricket Australia had sent one of their officials to inform the team of the do’s and don’t after they had completed their 14-day quarantine. Ravi Shastri did not seem pleased by the made suggestions and quickly shut the official down.
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“Having patiently listened to this monologue, Ravi Shastri got up from his seat in the front row, took the sheet from Bier, tore it into 4 pieces, and said, ‘Howard, cut this and sit down. We were told that once these 14 days were over, we’d have the same rights as Australian citizens. As you are dishing out this nonsense, the BCCI is talking to CA.”
“Do not hand over this piece of paper to any of my players. Don’t board any other bus to make this announcement. I am not going to be a prisoner in my own room anymore, not when life is going on as normal in Sydney. I am going out for a beer this evening; you can join me if you like. Bier was taken aback. He could do nothing but look on in scarcely disguised disapproval when Ravi, Arun, Vikram, and I sauntered to the bar later in the evening for a few beers,”
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