Chetan Chauhan, former Test cricketer, joined the chorus calling out for the removal of Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India after the team lost 4-1 in the Test series in England.
Chauhan said that Shastri should be removed as the head coach before India advance for their final important overseas tour this year in Australia, in November.
Ahead of the Australia series, India have a series against West Indies lined up at home but the focus has already gone on the big tour Down Under.
Shastri came under fire after he called the current team the best Indian travelling side of the last 15-20 years right after India had lost the series to England.
“Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before the Australia tour. Ravi Shastri is very good cricket commentator and he should be allowed to do so,” Chauhan, who is also Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister, said while agreeing to demands raised by former cricketers for removal of Shastri as coach.
Chauhan was speaking to mediapersons in Dhanbad and said, “Team India should have performed better. Both the teams were evenly matched. But the Indian team failed to check tail enders of England.”
Chauhan, who is a former Test opener for India, was also among the ones criticising Shastri for calling Virat Kohli-led present Indian team as the ‘best travelling team in the world’.
“I do not agree. In 1980s, the Indian team was the best travelling team in the world,” he said.
Commenting on India’s chances in the ongoing Asia Cup cricket championship in Dubai, Chauhan said a better result is expected as the team is balanced with experienced and young players.
Chauhan, who was in Dhanbad to attend a meeting of Krida Bharti, played 40 Test matches and scored 2,084 runs between 1969 and 1981.
He made his debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai and played his last Test against the same country in 1981 in Auckland. Besides, Chauhan also played seven one day internationals.
Chauhan is the latest cricketer to demand Shastri’s ouster after former captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.
(With PTI inputs)