The controversy over Ravi Shastri’s comment on Sourav Ganguly deepened after the latter retorted back questioning Shastri’s “seriousness” during his interview while “holidaying in Bangkok.”
Ravi Shastri had called the absence of the former captain during his interview as ‘disrespectful’.
Lashing out at Ravi Shastri’s ‘disrespectful’ comment, Sourav Ganguly retailiated saying Ravi Shastri is living ‘in a fool’s paradise’.
After the BCCI appointed Anil Kumble for the post of Indian coach for one year, Ravi Shastri said, in an interview to India Today, that he was disappointed for not being able to display all the work he had done in the past 18 months.
“It angers me that he gave a suggestion that I should be available for such meetings. I have been a part of BCCI meetings for some time and I have always been available. My advice to Ravi is that when the coach of India is selected and one of the most important jobs, he should be in front of the committee and not sit in Bangkok and give a presentation while being on a holiday,” Ganguly said.
“I read in a couple of newspapers and chose to ignore it. I am extremely saddened that he went on air to express his view. Specially someone who has been in every BCCI committee for the last 20 years. He has been in my position for selecting the coach 10 years back. He is aware of everything. I informed BCCI on June 19th and I have got official mails. I will circulate those mails once I get a clearance from BCCI,” he added.
After Shastri commented on Ganguly on a public domain, Ganguly retorted, “He should have shown a bit more maturity, especially for someone who has been in such committees for more than 10 years.”
Saurav Ganguly, however, wished Anil Kumble luck on taking the team forward as the new Indian team coach.