On Sunday, the Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri took to Twitter shared his happiness over watching a “great team back on the park alive and kicking”. The Indian cricket team coach was referring to Barcelona’s first La Liga match after the coronavirus-enforced break. Shastri posted a couple of pictures of Lionel Messi in his Twitter post, also tagging the Catalan giants.
Messi returned without a beard and with a goal and two assists as Barcelona resumed their La Liga title challenge on Saturday with a thumping 4-0 victory over Real Mallorca. Shastri tweeted: “Great to see a great team back on the park alive and kicking ⚽️ – @FCBarcelona”.
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 14, 2020
In the past, Shastri has been a subject of some serious trolling on Twitter, but after his post on Barcelona, some fans swore to never do it again. Here are some of the reactions:
Aaj se aapka majak udana band karunga sir…
Cules together 😂🔵🔴
— Somebody (@deathly_hollow3) June 14, 2020
Aaj se troll karna band. Lounda apna hi hain😂
— प्रसन्नजी (@iesoramailo) June 14, 2020
That team is great because of that one man #MESSI
— gowtham (@imgowtam007) June 14, 2020
— Shubham Misra (@SBM_4007) June 14, 2020
Visca El Barca
— Junior (@Gladius41158700) June 14, 2020
Messi made a comeback to the football field after a gap of almost three months. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner will be 33 in little over a week, but while he approaches veteran status, his post-lockdown look is more of a reminder of the young Messi.
La Liga’s leading scorer scored the final goal of a 4-0 win away in Mallorca — after earlier strikes by Arturo Vidal, Martin Braithwaite, and Jordi Alba — as Barcelona moved five points clear of title rivals Real Madrid, who play on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Shastri will be hoping for a quick return for cricket as well. While uncertainty still surrounds the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, there were some positive signs when the West Indies cricket team landed in England to take part in a behind-closed-doors Test series.
The West Indies arrived in Manchester last week and will be spending the remaining weeks at Old Trafford ahead of the first Test at Southampton starting on July 8 before returning to Lancashire’s headquarters for the final two matches. The three-match Test series will mark the return of international cricket following the coronavirus shutdown.