“Seven Bloody Calls? – Ravi Shastri reveals BCCI’s SOS call that changed his job overnight

Ravi Shastri was appointed full-time head coach of the Indian team in 2017 and his tenure continued until the 2021 T20 World Cup.

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri is back in the comment box where he was a regular until 2014. That was the year he was suddenly appointed manager of the India team, the team losing the Test series in England, for the second consecutive year. weather. Duncan Fletcher was the coach and was even told to report to Shastri.

Interestingly, during the same tour, Shastri was in the comment box and he had to quit that job, all his commitments to join Team India urgently. Recalling the moment in an interview with The Guardian, Shastri has now revealed that while he was on the air he had around seven missed calls and how BCCI asked him to take over the reins the very next day halfway through the tour.

“I had no warning. I was a commentator at the Oval during India’s [2014] tour of England and left the air to find six or seven missed calls. “Seven Bloody Calls? What happened here?’.

“[The BCCI] just said, “We want you to take over, starting tomorrow, at all costs.” I told them I had to talk to my family and my business partners, but they just said they’d sort it all out. And like that, I was straight out of the comment box. You will see when I join the configuration [during the ODIs], I was still in jeans and moccasins. Instantly my job changed,” Shastri said while speaking to The Guardian.

Ravi Shastri also vividly remembers how he was given full power to fire people inside the locker room and hire whoever he wants. Following this disastrous round of testing, BCCI had sacked bowling coach Joe Dawes and field coach Trevor Penny while Bharat Arun and R Sridhar were nominated for the respective posts.

Soon Fletcher was also sacked as head coach and Shastri remained with the team until 2016 before Anil Kumble was appointed full-time head coach. Interestingly, Shastri returned as head coach in 2017 after India lost in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan.

“I was very firm on team culture: all the prima donnas and all that bullshit, which had to go out the window earlier. And you leave behind everything you said as a commentator. When I was team manager it was all about diagnosing the issues: I was told to hire and fire, who I wanted I could come in and those I didn’t want could see the door,” Shastri added.

After being reappointed, this time as head coach in 2017, Shastri was at the helm until last year and the 2021 T20 World Cup turned out to be his final assignment with the national team.

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