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We played 3 years without a BCCI: Ravi Shastri ‘thrilled’ on Sourav Ganguly’s appointment as board chief

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ravi Shastri said he was thrilled with the new BCCI administration in place
  • Ravi Shastri said India played three years without a BCCI
  • Ravi Shastri said that he has no problem with people questioning him

India head coach Ravi Shastri said he was thrilled with the new BCCI administration in place and stated his team played cricket without BCCI for three years.

Speaking to Boria Majumdar, India Today Consulting Editor Sports, in the much-anticipated episode of India Today Inspiration, Ravi Shastri said he was thrilled with Sourav Ganguly’s appointment as BCCI president.

“First of all, I am thrilled that there is a BCCI in place. We played three years without a BCCI,” Ravi Shastri said when he was asked about Sourav Ganguly’s appointment as BCCI president.

Fans had trolled Ravi Shastri after Sourav Ganguly took over as BCCI president, recalling the public spat between the two greats of Indian cricket from 2016.

However, Ravi Shastri revealed he was among the first ones to congratulate Sourav Ganguly when he took over the BCCI top job in October, saying that it’s important that a “fabulous player and captain” is at the helm of the apex body of Indian cricket.

On being trolled by fans on his statements every then and now, Ravi Shastri said that he has no problem with people questioning him but then stressed on the fact that he has the right to say what he wanted to.

“You point one at me, there are three fingers pointing back at you, always remember that. People have every right to question what I have said, but for god sake, I have the right to say what I have to say as well,” Shastri added.

Ravi Shastri was appointed India head coach in July 2017 after Anil Kumble stepped down from the post due to “untenable differences” between him and Virat Kohli. Shastri was retained in the role with his new contract extending up to the 2021 T20 World Cup in India.

“I am the coach of an Indian cricket team. You feel the pressure. You are out there doing a job not to run away from a fight,” Ravi Shastri said on the pressure of being India head coach.

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