Ravi Shastri reacts to Sourav Ganguly's appointment as BCCI president, says 'it’s a win-win for Indian cricket
Since it became clear that former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will become the new Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president, cricket fans have been wondering what the India head coach Ravi Shastri's on the subject take will be. Considering the two haven't had the best of relationship in the past few years, many are of the opinion that the friction between the two could make things a little uncomfortable. Shastri, finally reacting to Dada's appointment as the BCCI chief, called the move a 'win-win situation for Indian cricket'.
While Ganguly was a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, it was Anil Kumble who got the job of India head coach ahead of Shastri in 2016. The former Team India manager was furious with the decision and blamed the CAC for his failure to land the job. Ganguly and Shastri have had several public spats since then.
In his first addressal as the head of the board on October 24, however, Ganguly had assured everyone that he hasn't taken up the job to make anyone's life difficult but rather wants to help those in charge to help the Indian team best in the world.
In an interview with the Times of India, Shastri called the former Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president as a 'win-win' situation for India while also labelling Dada as a 'natural leader'.
“My heartiest congratulations to Sourav for taking over as the BCCI president. His appointment is an indication that Indian cricket is moving in the right direction. He’s always been a natural leader. When someone like him — who already dipped his feet into cricket administration four or five years ago — takes over as president of the BCCI, it’s a win-win for Indian cricket. These are difficult times for the Board and there’s a lot of work to do to bring BCCI back on the path of glory. I wish him all the best in his stint,” said Shastri.
During the conversation, Shastri also cited the example of Ganguly's captaincy while pointing out that there's a need to back the players in the Indian team for the long haul in order to extract the best out of them.
“Constant chopping and changing, without letting the players know what’s going right or wrong for them is not correct. Virat shares the same vision. And let’s not forget that one of the pioneers in pursuing this line of thought was Sourav (Ganguly) himself. He was such a great captain during his hey days primarily because he backed his men, trusted in their abilities. In return, they put their best foot forward. This is something the team management will take up with the selection committee,” Shastri opined.
Ganguly, who used to be called the Prince of Kolkata during his playing days, had recently met Team India captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma in a BCCI selection committee meeting for the Bangladesh series. It would be interesting to see what sort of a conversation Shastri and Ganguly will have when to come face to face.