Image courtesy: AFP
Image courtesy: AFP

Mohammad Azharuddin and Ravi Shastri do not share the best of camaraderie. Azhar’s biopic too delved a bit into how the one-time friends fell apart. Shastri’s recent comments have not gone well with a lot of yesteryear cricketers and fans. Shastri had recently said, “A lot of big names came to Sri Lanka several times in the last 20 years and they never won a Test series. But they (Virat Kohli’s team) have done that.” ALSO READ: Ganguly’s apt response and why Shastri can stop living under illusion

The Sri Lankan side in the past two decades were much stronger than the current unit, and Shastri’s assessment of the same spoke volumes of his diminishing acumen. Azharuddin begged to differ from the current head coach. A report from PTI quotes Azhar: “The Indian team in those days were different to the team now so it is unfair to compare. He [Shastri] was also part of the team in those days so he is also including himself. The bowlers were different, the opposition teams were different so it is difficult to compare between the two eras.”

Azharuddin was the last captain before Kohli to win a Test series in Sri Lanka, and that was back in 1993. It was under the leadership of the former captain that Kumble’s career flourished. He defended Kumble’s decision to quit as Team India’s coach and added, “It is sad that something like this happened to Anil. Knowing Anil, I don’t think he is that type of a person. Maybe he thought it is better to be away than losing your self-respect. I think he took the right decision under the circumstances.”