India’s head coach Ravi Shastri dismissed criticism of his book ‘Star Gazing: The Players in My Life’ launch event in London on September 1, which resulted in several members of the Team support staff have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“The whole country [United Kingdom] is open. Anything could have happened from the first test, “Shastri said in a midday interview on Sunday.
Shastri himself was the first to test positive for the virus, followed by bowling coach Bharat Arun and field coach R Sridhar also testing positive.
Physiotherapist Nitin Patel has had to isolate himself for being his close contacts since day four of the fourth test played at The Oval.
On the eve of the fifth test at Old Trafford, assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive, raising fears of an outbreak in the Indian camp. This ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the fifth and final test of the five-game series between India and England on Friday.
India led the series 2-1 before the Manchester Test was canceled. Instead of talking about the cancellation of the fifth test, Shastri chose to focus on the performance of the Indian team in the series.
“It was the best summer of cricket England has seen in a long time, certainly from an Indian cricket team. It was the Covid era, a great summer though. The boys were fantastic on both sides of the Thames “, observed Shastri.
“No team played in the Covid era like this Indian team did in Australia and England. Just ask the experts here. Nothing has given me more job satisfaction in the game and I’ve been here for a bit as you know, ”added Shastri.
Shastri’s next assignment with the Indian team will be the Men’s T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from October 17 to November 14.
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