Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar has opined that the former India head coach Ravi Shastri doesn’t make very intelligent comments and there is always an agenda behind the comments made by the former India coach.
Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the India National Cricket Team came to an end following the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and the legendary batter Rahul Dravid was appointed as the new head coach of the national team.
Speaking to CNN-News18, Manjrekar said that he was a huge admirer of Shastri, having played under him. He added that this is Shastri 2.0 and he doesn’t make intelligent comments in public. He elaborated:
“I was a huge admirer of Ravi Shastri. I played under him, he gave players support, a great fighter, senior. This Shastri 2.0 I don’t understand. What he says in public is expected, I don’t react to it. I don’t want to be disrespectful. He doesn’t make very intelligent comments, you can see the agenda behind it. It’s not an accurate cricketing observation.”
Notably, Virat Kohli had stepped down as India’s Test captain just after the Test series defeat in South Africa and Shastri had made the comment on India Today, that Kohli could have led India for 2 more years but he would have won a lot of matches and many people wouldn’t have been able to digest that fact.
“Whether Virat could have continued to lead India in Tests. For sure, he could have led India for at least 2 years because next two years India would be playing at home and who is coming over – 9 and 10 jacks, going by the rankings. But he would have then made it to 50-60 wins under his captaincy and a lot of people will not be able to digest that fact.”
The only deserving candidate in all three forms is Rohit Sharma – Sanjay Manjrekar
Meanwhile, Manjrekar feels that Rohit Sharma is the only deserving candidate to lead India in all three formats of the game as he has got a pretty good record in the Indian Premier League. He said:
“The only deserving candidate in all three forms is Rohit Sharma. He is pretty good in T20s. We have seen in the IPL, naturally. In one-dayers, he has captained on occasions, looks the part, and Test matches, after that performance in England, is the most deserving candidate.”
Sanjay Manjrekar added that the Indian management shouldn’t look too far ahead and appoint Rohit as captain and after a few years, they might find a proper candidate who could be Rohit’s successor.
“Let’s not look too far ahead. Let’s look at one year; there’s no comfortable choice India has. All the other choices have a lot of issues around. A couple of Test matches in one year. There’s got to be a lot of T20 cricket and ODIs. So take one year at a time and appoint somebody who is most deserving, and if there is some issue then you start looking at another leader. Let’s not pre-empt, because I don’t think there are other exciting options at the moment. Maybe after a year or two, you might find someone.”.
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