Ravi Shastri has stats to back his claims, Kapil Dev tells India Today

first_imgRavi Shastri is not a man of few words and his articulation in praise of the current Indian side for creating history in Sri Lanka hasn’t gone down well with Indian captains of yesteryears.On his return as India coach, Ravi Shastri had high praise for the Virat Kohli-led side to follow up their series win in Sri Lanka two years back with a demolishing performance in the first Test of the ongoing series.”There have been a lot of big names who have played for 20 years, they have come to Sri Lanka many times and never won a series. This team is used to doing things a lot of other teams have not done,” Shastri had said.Former captain Sourav Ganguly  was not amused by Shastri’s over the top praise refused to react, cryptically wishing him “good luck for the future” while Mohammad Azharuddin, who has also led India in Sri Lanka, slammed his former teammate saying “he was disrespecting himself”.But another former India captain Kapil Dev finds nothing wrong in Shastri’s assessment and goes on to defend his former teammate.In an interview to India Today, Kapil said “If this team has done well we have to respect that. Statistics say that. Else don’t show statistics. There is no disrespect. If you don’t like it sorry. It’s not about hurting any egos. It maybe that future teams will perform even better. That’s his thought process.”When quizzed further if Shastri was not over-estimating Indian team’s performance against a depleted Sri Lankan side, he backed Shastri’s right to speak his mind.advertisement”I think it’s just a way of saying. When history is created you have to say so. And these young boys are far better than any other team. They are playing with a purpose and you have to respect that,” he affirmed.India have since gone on to win the second Test and could clean sweep the series going by current form. But the jury is still out on what context this win will have in Indian Test cricket history.last_img

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