India head coach Ravi Shastri faced a lot of criticism for his comments, most noteworthy coming from former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly. @ AFP
India head coach Ravi Shastri faced a lot of criticism for his comments, most noteworthy coming from former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly. @ AFP

After the pacers led in India’s crushing 203-run victory in the third Test at Trent Bridge against England in August this year, an exuberant head coach Ravi Shastri termed the current side, led by Virat Kohli, as the best travelling side in the last 15 years.

Shastri faced a lot of criticism for his comments, including harsh reactions coming from former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Sourav Ganguly.

During the recent meeting held at Hyderabad with the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) just before the second Test against West Indies, Shastri voiced out his concern about the flak he’s receiving.

“Let people be the judge,” retorted the CoA, a top BCCI official told PTI on Thursday.

“Ravi initially started off by saying that the Indian media always criticises its own players and how this is one of the best ever teams in the last 15 years,” an official present in the meeting said.

Shastri raised the issue after a verbal duel Kohli had with a journalist after India lost the Test series against England 1-4. When Kohli was questioned about Shastri’s comment in England, he threw the question back at the scribe, who replied that he was not so convinced about Shastri’s remarks. Kohli immediately retorted and said, “That’s your opinion, thank you.”

“When Ravi went on about how great this current team is, one of the CoA members just cut him short,” the official said.

“The CoA member told him, ‘Let’s stick to the agenda of the meeting and discuss Australia tour policies. You don’t decide if the team is the best travelling side in the world. Let people be the judge’,” the official said.

During the meeting, Shastri and Kohli were also told that the BCCI expects positive results overseas, this after satisfying every needs and wants of the players and team management.

“One of the senior members attending the meeting told the Kohli-Shastri duo that there is nothing wrong if BCCI wants them to perform well overseas.

“The official told them, ‘You have been given everything – from hefty central contracts to practice facilities, support staff, whatever you guys have wanted, so it’s only fair that your performances are put in perspective’.”

Another official present at the meeting said Kohli and Shastri were prepared on gaining positive results with the marquee Australia series next on the cards.

Ajinkya Rahane as usual was pretty quiet for most of the part and Rohit Sharma joined a bit late as he was coming from Mumbai. Rohit was only speaking when spoken too,” recalled the official.

The meeting was attended by the CoA chief Vinod Rai, member Diana Edulji, CEO Rahul Johri, Indian Premier League COO Hemang Amin, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim along with Kohli, Shastri, Rohit, Rahane and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.