11:54 AM ISTSharda UgraSenior editor, ESPNcricinfo FacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintIn Come to Think of It, we bring new perspectives to bear on received cricket wisdom. This week, a wistful look back at the outspoken, rebellious Ravi Shastri of the 1980s and ’90sLockdown does these things. From the dregs of my memory came a conversation with Ravi Shastri, commentator, circa 2000. It was the first day of the Nagpur Test versus Zimbabwe we watched India’s first foreign coach, John Wright, set down cones for the fielding warm-up. “Wouldn’t you want to be coach?” I asked Shastri. His reply: “When I’m coach,” – it wasn’t an if, but when – “I’ll come to the ground in a blazer and tie. I won’t do all this fielding practice and all, I’ll be in charge – overall.” Shastri’s baritone placed the word “overall” in upper case, upper class, uber boss.Today, Shastri is overall head coach of the Indian team but he doesn’t come to the ground in blazer and tie. He doesn’t run fielding practice either, but the team’s uber boss undeniably is captain Virat Kohli. What would that Shastri of two decades ago make of this one? It’s hard to shake off the suspicion that… Read full this story
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