Former Pakistan skipper Rashid Latif has taken a dig at Sourav Ganguly for Indian cricket’s recent downfall A lot has happened since Virat Kohli was ked to step down as India’s ODI captain. Kohli voluntarily gave up the T20I captaincy. He then gave up Test captaincy after losing the Test series against South Africa. KL Rahul as India’s ODI skipper lost his first series with his team being whitewashed against South Africa.
Rashid Latif, on the other hand, said that Indian cricket’s downfall started way before the T20 World Cup when Ganguly was adamant about sacking Ravi Shastri as head coach.
“All this began happening when Anil Kumble was wrongly removed as coach. Ravi Shastri had taken no coaching courses and yet he directly took entry as the coach. This was a strong group – Kumble had over 600 wickets and Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were his teammates. This trio is very strong,” Latif said in a video on YouTube.
He further said that Ganguly ensured that Shastri could not continue as head coach after the T20 World Cup. Latif reckoned that such personal attacks have hurt Indian cricket in recent times.
Sourav Ganguly Told Ravi Shastri ‘Its Time To Go’: Rashid Latif
“By all means, Ganguly told Shastri ‘boss, it’s time to go’ even if Shastri had considered continuing as coach. This whole thing has been building up since before the T20 World Cup, these are personal attacks and it has impacted Indian cricket. What happened with Pakistan in the early 1990s is happening today with Indian cricket,” Latif opined.
He also kept a word on KL Rahul’s captaincy in the South Africa series and Rohit Sharma’s future as the next India captain across all formats. Rohit has already been appointed as India’s white-ball skipper after Kohli. He is also the next best option to become India’s Test captain as well.
“KL Rahul cannot handle the team, and it remains to be seen how Rohit Sharma maintains his fitness if he is to be the man to usher Indian cricket into the future,” he asserted.