- Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, while addressing the criticism on Ravi Shastri and his book launch, questioned the level of security arrangements in England.
- Ravi Shastri defended his book launch event and said ‘anything could have happened’ from the start of the series as the UK was not under any strict Covid guideline.
- India head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff colleagues Bharat Arun and R Sridhar are likely to leave for India on Wednesday provided they have two negative RT-PCR reports prior to their departure date.
- Tt was learnt late on Friday that even England and Wales Cricket Board CEO Tom Harrison attended India head coach Ravi Shastri's book launch event.
- Engineer weighed in on India coach Ravi Shastri copping criticism, along with captain Virat Kohli for risking themselves by attending the former India all-rounder's book launch on August 31.
It was after the book release event at a five-star facility ahead of the fourth Test that Shastri along with bowling coach Arun, fielding coach Sridhar and physio Patel tested positive. Indian captain Kohli and his teammates were present at the function where outside guests were also allowed.
Gavaskar cited an example how his appointment as a consultant for India in 2004 had created insecurity in the mind of then head coach John Wright.
- India's junior physio Yogesh Parmar was the latest to test positive in the Indian camp after head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun fielding coach R Sridhar and and main physio Nitin Patel had contracted the virus in London.
“It is an excellent decision to bring MS Dhoni on board as the mentor for the team. MS, Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma form a very potent leadership group and this decision enhances the team's chances at the ICC T20 World Cup,” said the former BCCI treasurer
R Ashwin return to limited-overs set-up after a gap of four years, while former captain MS Dhoni will be mentoring India's 15-member T20 World Cup squad, led by Virat Kohli.
- It is learnt Shastri developed symptoms on Saturday after which he underwent lateral flow tests, which returned a positive result.
Shastri returned positive in a lateral flow test (Rapid Antigen Test) on Sunday and on Monday, his RT-PCR test report confirmed the infection.
- There were even doubts whether the Test could continue after head coach Ravi Shastri’s Covid positive result, confirmed by a lateral flow test done the previous evening.
- The decision by the BCCI was taken after Shastri returned positive in a lateral flow test. The three other members who were sent isolation are bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel.
- Ravi Shastri said MS Dhoni was only 10 Tests shy of playing a 100 Test and he was still one of the fittest cricketers going around.
- India have shown tenacity in the recent past to bounce back from morale-crushing losses to stage famous wins – the series in Australia was a big example. And Shastri reiterated the same, suggestion people not to count India out with two matches to go.
- While analyzing his performance in an ESPNCricinfo show, the former spinner said that Shastri is a good motivator and that sometimes, even great players like Ajinkya Rahane need to be spoken to.
- “Ravi Shastri, as a coach, will just let Kohli go. He won't mind seeing him exchanging words with Anderson or signalling from the balcony to try to get the players off for bad light. It is the captain who is very much in charge,” Hussain said.
BCCI had to invite applications since Dravid's two-year contract had ended. As per the new constitution, there is no provision for extension and the hiring process has to start afresh.
Shastri’s tenure ends after the T20 World Cup. While Shastri is reportedly not keen to continue, BCCI officials said it’s a call that will be taken based on India’s showing in the October-November World Cup.
- The India wicketkeeper-batsman has been in tremendous form in Test matches, his scores in the Australia Tests and later the home series against England being a testament to it.
- Ahead of the start of the five-match Test series, former India batsman VVS Laxman talked about one area of the game that Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri will look to address.
The 59-year-old rallied behind USA's artistic gymnast Simone Biles and stated she owes no explanation to anyone after the 24-year-old withdrew her name from women's all-around final at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
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- In a chat with Hindustan Times, Anshuman Gaekwad, who was part of the CAC that went ahead with Ravi Shastri, revealed one of the reasons behind re-appointing him as coach in 2019.
The batters looked in great touch, especially Pant and captain Virat Kohli who didn’t participate in the three-day practice game against County Select XI.
Arun, along with senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and standby opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, had to remain in isolation for 10 days as per UK Health protocols as they had been in contact with Garani.
Down with the virus, Pant underwent COVID-19 and cardiac tests on Monday having completed his isolation period of 10 days as per the UK guidelines.
Ahead of the 1st IND vs SL ODI in Colombo on Sunday, Ajit Agarkar recalled how Rahul Dravid guided the Prithvi Shaw-led India Under-19 Team to World Cup victory in 2018.