Ravi Shastri on the decision to postpone the fifth test against England till 2021: “India Were Justified To Do What They Did”
Regarding the postponed Test against England, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri provided an explanation of why India was “right” in what they did last year.
In Birmingham’s Edgbaston, the fifth Test match between India and England began on Friday. After a magnificent comeback by Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja, who saw the former score 146 runs off just 111 balls, India’s score at the day’s end was 338/7. India was 98/5 at one point, but Jadeja and Pant pieced together a 222-run sixth-wicket stand. After the final game of last year had to be postponed due to a few positive COVID-19 instances within the Indian camp, the fifth Test was rescheduled.
India was “justified” in what they did last year, according to Ravi Shastri, who coached them up until November last year.
“As you can see, it is extremely simple to declare that it is time to play at that point. However, there were several players who had young families. There were conflicting reports about COVID coming from various sources. Anyone may have acquired it, and it would have been considerably worse if it had occurred during a Test match. Unlike now, when the danger of contracting COVID and being secluded is not as great. People are aware that they must move forward; if this attitude existed earlier, it could not have existed eight months ago because even the authorities were unsure of their authority to advise people to move forward and accept that nothing bad will happen because it is just the flu, Shastri said on Friday to Sky Sports.
“Nowadays, people advise moving on regardless of what occurs because it is just the illness. Because of the thinking of the time, they were justified in acting as they did. If that occurs today, the game must continue. Even though I wasn’t in the dressing room at the time. I can assure you that I shared some of your thoughts about using the reserves to wrap up the series. But it was a difficult decision; if someone had tested positive during the Test match, there would have been serious consequences “Added he.
After winning the Tests at Lord’s and Oval last year, India enjoyed a 2-1 series lead.
India would be the first team to win the series in the UK since 2007 if they were to win or tie the current Edgbaston Test.
Coincidentally, the Indian team’s captain in 2007 was the current head coach Rahul Dravid.
Shastri commented in reference to the series that began last year: “It was a fantastic series, in my opinion. I thought both teams’ performances were quite entertaining to see. It is amazing to witness when a few Test matches are on the fifth day and the result is announced on that day.”
“Lord’s, the Oval, and the English comeback at Leeds Unfortunately. It was unable to be finished for the obvious reasons—COVID as it was eight months ago and the players’ attitudes about it now are poles apart. However, I am happy that this series has come to a conclusion “Added him.
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