New Delhi: There were more highs than lows for Ravi Shastri as director of the Indian cricket team.
While the team improved its Test performance, the Men in Blue failed to go all the way at two major ICC events.
Shastri's stint will also be remembered for the infamous Wankhede incident, where he is alleged to have abused curator Sudhir Naik after India's humiliating loss to South Africa.
While Naik went on to file a formal complaint and wrote to the MCA, there was no explanation or public statement from Shastri.
However, in his latest interview to the Indian Express, the former India captain spilled all the beans with regards to that incident.
"I told him ‘great track, Sudhir’. It was outside the balcony yaar. I said champion , he got angry and said, ‘thankyou, thankyou!’ And then I turned around and was going like this — there was a manager and three other guys. I said, I said, ‘Shove up the a***.’ I could have told him (Sudhir) there only. Five guys were there as witness, ki yeh aisa kyun chilla raha hain. My back is turned and not even looking at him. Uska naam bhi nahi liya hai (I didn’t even name him).
"There were three other fellows who were supposed to water. In the end, he started blaming Dhiraj Prasanna. There were four-five guys ; it’s not he who prepared the pitch, there are watering guys and all that. If you think, I meant the guys who prepared the wicket, them only. But I didn’t go and abuse him on his face; it was more of a comment.
I just told what I saw. The issue is when I am looking at my team, I don’t look at selection. Usi match mey Umesh ko nahi liya! Three bowlers 130, 130 ,130.. bloody hot it was that day. If they had fielded na, do-teen jaan jaata! (2-3 lives would have gone!)," he told the newspaper.
While it is difficult to ascertain whether Shastri was right or wrong, one thing is for certain that he definitely says it like he sees it.