The former India captain Ravi Shastri is extremely unhappy by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision as he is not appointed as the coach of the Indian team.
“At that moment of time I was obviously disappointed; but today is a new day and life carries on; as simple as that”, Shastri said to Hindu.
Shastri alleged, “I am disappointed because I had put in so much hard work. I had given my everything. And what was great to see were the results that were produced in those 18 months across all formats. The results did not surprise me; they were way above my expectations. For them [the players] to up the ante quickly, across all formats and jump up the ladder made it heartening and made me a proud person.
“I am proud of the boys; once again I am disappointed because of the hard work put in and the time was there now to take it forward, play even better cricket…but there is no opportunity for me now. But such is life. You take a knock on the chin and move on. When the sun rises the next day, it’s a different day.”, Shastri said.
When this decision was taken by BCCI board, the former Team Director wished Kumble all luck.
“I did a role after India’s awful showing in the 2007 World Cup. The team was in turmoil and I was asked to take over for the tour of Bangladesh. We had great results on that tour as well,” Shastri said.
“The team is right up there in all formats. Now is the time to take one step forward, especially after the tour of the West Indies. There is a lot of cricket at home. You have to cash in on the home advantage.
Shastri said he will return to television commentary. “That’s what I do best. I will take a break now and evaluate what’s on hand.”