The Indian head coach, head coach Ravi Shastri recalled the golden days when he was young and plays cricket for India on Wednesday and shared a throwback picture with Sunil Gavaskar and former India teammates on Instagram. In the black and white photograph, a younger Ravi Shastri can be seen posing along with some of his teammates.
While most of the men carried a lot of luggage with them, Ravi Shastri with no belongings called himself “light traveller” among all. Captioning the picture on Instagram, Shastri wrote: “Unlike some of my teammates, I was always a light traveller”.
Last month, Shastri was retained as Team India head coach for a two-year period, ending with the 2021 T20 World Cup in India. This is his fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).
Under the coaching of Shastri, India registered a clean sweep over the West Indies across the formats, following which a three-match T20I series against South Africa ended in a 1-1 draw at home. India will now be locking horns with South Africa in a three-match Test series, starting on October 2 in Visakhapatnam.
The Virat Kohli and his men are currently on the top of the ICC World Test Championship points table with 120 points, thanks to a 2-0 Test series win over the West Indies. New Zealand and Sri Lanka, placed second and third respectively after their two-match Test series ended in a 1-1 draw.
Australia and England are fourth and fifth respectively as their five-match Ashes 2019 series ended in a 2-2 draw.
The first Test against South Africa is scheduled to commence on October 2 in Visakhapatnam before the series moves to Pune and Ranchi.
India’s squad for 3 Tests: Virat Kohli (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.