After Sunil Gavaskar former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also slammed under-fire coach Ravi Shastri for comparing the players of two different eras.
Speaking to India Today, Sourav Ganguly laughingly dismissed Ravi Shastri’s remark that the current side has performed better than any side in the last 15-20 years on foreign soil.
“If you look at the last three years, we have won nine matches overseas and three series. I can’t see any other Indian team in the last 15-20 years that has had the same run in such a short time, and you have had some great players playing in those series,” Ravi Shastri had said.
Responding to Shastri’s comment, Ganguly said, “These are immature comments. You should not pay much attention to what Ravi Shastri says. What he says and when he says things, no one knows. Whichever generation is playing for India, be it Chetan Sharma’s or when I played for India or when Dhoni played or now when Virat is playing, we are all the ‘Indian Team’.”
“We all just represent the team at different times,” the former Indian team captain said, adding, “It is not necessary to compare one generation or the other. I can say a lot more but it would not be correct. Virat Kohli and his players are working hard to perform for India; it would not be nice for me to say anything.”
Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar had reminded Ravi Shastri about Team India’s overseas record in the past.
Gavaskar, who once captained Ravi Shastri, recalled some of the series wins abroad by Indian teams of the past.
“All I can say is that no Indian team has won in Sri Lanka for a long time. But we have won in the West Indies, in England, Test matches in Australia and South Africa,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar further said, “What I can say is that teams in 1980s have won in England and West Indies. Rahul Dravid also won series in West Indies in 2005, in England in 2007 and captained when India beat South Africa for the first time (in South Africa).”
“Dravid gets very little credit for his leadership and his team’s wins. There have been teams who have won overseas,” Gavaskar added.