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In India, “Jealous Gang” Wanted Me To Fail, But I Had A Thick Skin: Former Coach Ravi Shastri

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The name Ravi Shastri does not need any introduction as the audience worldwide knows him as one of the best cricket players of an earlier era when he used to represent the national team of India. He played both the test matches and One-day internationals for India from 1981 to 1992. A 59-year-old all-rounder batman is the former head coach of the Indian National Cricket Team.

Former India cricket coach Ravi Shastri has hit out at his critics on the pretext of mentoring Robert Key, the new director of cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board. Shastri advised the former England opener that he needs to develop ‘thick skin’ like Duke Ball

Like he did face the ‘Jealous people’. Shastri was speaking in an interview with the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’ and said that there was a ‘group of jealous people’ in India who always wanted him to fail.

Shastri served as the chief of Indian cricket’s coaching staff for the rest of the year, except for one year, between 2014 and 2021. During this one year, Anil Kumble was appointed as the head coach.

Be it cricket or any other field, there are people everywhere who do not like the good of others. Ravi Shastri says that he was one of the few good people and so many people were jealous of his success after seeing his career go well.

In a country like India, there is always a group of people who are jealous of you.

Like Shastri, Robert too has a long-standing reputation as a commentator and does not have a coaching degree. Shastri said,

“I didn’t even have any coaching degree. Level one? Level two? And in a country like India, there are always people jealous of you or groups of people who want you to fail.”

Communication is the best policy.

My skin is thick (not paying attention to what people say), thicker than the duke ball you use. Britain’s newspaper quoted the former Indian head coach as saying, “You have to take it. Glad that he has had a lot of captaincy experience playing with Kent as communication with the players is supreme.” Shastri feels that Robert Key needs to discuss various issues with former Test captain Joe Root to understand how everything is done.

The answer is given to Australia in their language

Based on his experience of working with the Indian team, Shastri believes that almost all national teams in the cricketing world around the world operate in the same way. Emphasizing the team culture, Shastri said that it was an important part of the Indian team during its two successive series wins in Australia.

In the context of this, he said,

“It shows how we want to play is more important than being aggressive and not giving any chances to the opposition, top level of fitness, building a bunch of fast bowlers who can take 20 wickets overseas. And it is from your attitude.” Especially when playing against Australia now. I told the boys that if you are called a slur, you return three: two in our language and one in their language.”

He was speaking with aggression and it was completely looking that he got hurt in the past when people used to criticise him and his career. But by God’s grace and his talent and attitude, he didn’t give up and began to believing in himself.

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