Team Indian head coach Ravi Shastri has brushed apart criticism of the launch occasion of his book ‘Star Gazing: The Players in My Life’ in London on September 1 which resulted in a number of members of the staff’s help employees testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. “The whole country (United Kingdom) is open. Anything could have happened from Test One,” mentioned Shastri in an interview to Mid-day on Sunday (September 12).
Shastri himself was the primary to check positive for the virus, adopted by bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar too testing positive. Physiotherapist Nitin Patel needed to isolate for being his shut contacts from the fourth day of the fourth Test performed at The Oval.
On the eve of the fifth Test at Old Trafford, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar examined positive, which set a scare of outbreak in Indian camp. It ultimately resulted within the fifth and last Test of the five-match collection between India and England getting cancelled on Friday.
India were leading the series 2-1 before the cancellation of the Manchester Test. Instead of speaking concerning the fifth Test being referred to as off, Shastri selected to focus on the performances of the Indian staff within the collection.
Update: The BCCI and ECB held a number of rounds of dialogue to discover a strategy to play the match, nonetheless, the outbreak of Covid-19 within the Indian staff contingent pressured the choice of calling off the Old Trafford Test.
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“It’s been the best summer of cricket England has seen in a long time certainly from an Indian cricket team. It’s Covid times, awesome summer though. The boys were fantastic either side of the Thames,” noticed Shastri.
“No team played in COVID times like this Indian team did in Australia and England. Just ask the experts here. Nothing has given me more job satisfaction in the game and I have been around for a bit as you would know,” added Shastri.
Shastri’s subsequent project with the Indian staff would be the males’s T20 World Cup within the UAE from October 17-Novermber 14.
(with IANS inputs)