Former India head coach Ravi Shastri expressed displeasure over the intention and performance of those playing for Mumbai at a recent event. Shastri addressed the gathering as the chief guest at the Police Shield award distribution function held at Police Gymkhana on Marine Drive on Sunday. The former Mumbai Ranji Trophy-winning captain said that Mumbai’s domestic cricketers should ‘respect the game’. Rejecting the casual approach of the players, he said, “I think a lot of people who play for Mumbai these days take things lightly.”
According to a report in Circle of Cricket, Shastri threw light on the mindset of those who play domestic cricket for Mumbai. “They think that when we have Mumbai seal, we will win, but it doesn’t happen,” he was quoted as saying. The 59-year-old mentioned that it is important that they respect their work ethic, their origins and perform as a team. Reiterating the spirit of Mumbai cricket, Shastri said, “That is the Mumbai cricket team, with pride.”
The cricket commentator and former captain of the Indian cricket team also considered beating Mumbai when compared with the likes of Pondicherry and Himachal. Shastri mentioned that when teams can reach the finals without claiming big names, questions start to arise.
Shastri, whose tenure as Team India’s head coach came to an end in November with an early exit from the T20 World Cup, emphasized on his indomitable passion for Mumbai cricket. He said that despite the fact that he was serving as the head coach of Team India and traveling around the world and doing television work, he has always kept an eye on Mumbai cricket. This is because he is a proud player of Mumbai who works fair and hard, but likes to win.
During his playing days, Shastri has led Mumbai as a captain. This year, Shams Mulani-led Mumbai team failed to make it to the knockouts in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Mumbai were left out in the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, played under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane in November.