Former India head coach Ravi Shastri is known for being forthright with his words and speaking his mind in all scenarios. Former field coach R Sridhar, who worked alongside Ravi Shastri for a long time, started an interesting story when India was touring Australia during the Covid-19 pandemic era.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, playing cricket became a challenging task, particularly for Indian players who faced strict isolation measures and limitations, especially when playing abroad.
These difficulties were evident during India’s tour of Australia in 2020/21, which coincided with the first wave of the pandemic. A lot of drama regarding the Covid-19 protocols ensued between the second test in Melbourne and the third in Sydney.
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In December 2020, a Covid-19 outbreak in Sydney led to tighter restrictions in New South Wales. Cricket Australia considered swapping the venues for the third and fourth tests or hosting both matches at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Indian cricket team was caught in the middle of this chaotic situation.
Ravi just told him he was going out for beer :R Sridhar
Describing the tour as a chaotic experience, Sridhar wrote about the incident in his book Coaching Beyond, where Cricket Australia had dispatched one of their officials to brief the team on what should and shouldn’t be done after they had completed their quarantine. of 14 days. Ravi Shastri did not seem pleased with the suggestions made and quickly shut the official down.
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“Having patiently listened to this monologue, Ravi Shastri got up from his front row seat, took Bier’s sheet, tore it into 4 pieces and said, ‘Howard, cut this up and sit down. We were told that once these 14 days were up, we would have the same rights as Australian citizens. While you’re talking this nonsense, BCCI is talking to CA.”
“Don’t give this paper to any of my players. Please do not board any other bus to make this announcement. I’m not going to be a prisoner in my own room anymore, not when life is still normal in Sydney. I’m going out for a beer tonight; you can join me if you want. Bier was taken aback. He couldn’t do anything but stare with barely concealed disapproval as Ravi, Arun, Vikram and I wandered into the bar later in the evening for a few beers.
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