Despite the four defeats to England in the Test series, Ravi Shastri was bullish in his defence of the Indian team’s performance. He defended the current team’s performance overseas, suggesting that they were better than that of previous teams. These comments didn’t go too well and the Indian coach received a lot of flak. Reacting to the criticism, an unperturbed Shastri said that he is the “last one to press the panic button when I see so many positives”.
“Last one to press the panic button when I see so many positives. I head back home with a very positive state of mind. I know exactly what we do. I know exactly and clearly where the team is heading – it is heading in the right direction,” Shastri was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“People are entitled to their opinions. As long as we know the job we are doing and we are honest to our jobs, as long as support staff we are helping players channelise the energies in the right direction, we are not worried about what critics say,” said Shastri.
India lost the three-Test series in South Africa 1-2, have lost the 5-match Test series 1-4 with the Australia tour scheduled for December.