What has he done now? Sourav Ganguly's cheeky response to question on Ravi Shastri in presser

India Today

India Today

Author 2019-10-18 15:41:00

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File photo of Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli (PTI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri had a public fallout in 2017
  • Ganguly was in the CAC panel when Shastri was overlooked for the coach's post in 2016
  • Shastri had blamed Ganguly for not getting the job back then which he eventually got the next year

Sourav Ganguly gave a cheeky reply to a journalist who had asked the new BCCI president on whether he has had a word with India head coach Ravi Shastri or not after filing his nomination papers for the top job.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly was at his wittiest best in a press conference in Kolkata after it was confirmed that he would become the new president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Ganguly was asked about India head coach Ravi Shastri and whether the two have spoken or not to which the Bengal stalwart gave a cheeky reply.

"Have you spoken to Ravi Shastri?" the reporter asked Ganguly, to which he laughed and replied, "Why. What has he done now?"

Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri had a public fallout in 2017 before the latter was appointed as the head coach of the senior national team.

Ganguly was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that picked Anil Kumble ahead of Shastri as coach in 2016 for a year until the breakdown in relations with Virat Kohli forced the legendary leg-spinner out.

Ganguly was reportedly not keen on Shastri again, being a member of CAC in 2017 when Virender Sehwag too had applied. On that occasion, Shastri bagged the job.

Shastri's tenure was extended after he re-applied for the post earlier this year and this time the Kapil Dev-led CAC decided to renew his contract for another 2 years.

But even before he became the BCCI boss, Ganguly maintained that the head coach needs to help India win big tournaments to justify his place in the team management.

"Ravi has been doing this for five years (except one year of Anil Kumble) and now been given this responsibility for two more years. So I don't think anyone else in history has got such a long time with the team.

"He is the right choice but he now has to justify. He has two T20 World Cups ahead and in such big tournaments, India needs to find ways to win them," Ganguly had told India Today in August.

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