“India’s best travelling team in last 15 years,” said Ravi Shastri. “Let people be the judge,” retorted the Committee of Administrators (CoA) when the national cricket coach spoke of the criticism that his team faces, a top BCCI official said.
Shastri’s reference to criticism was related to a verbal altercation that Kohli had with a journalist in England after the team lost the Test series 1-3. The skipper, when questioned about Shastri’s comment in England, asked for the journalist’s view on it. When the scribe said he wasn’t quite convinced about the coach’s assertion, Kohli snapped back, “That’s your opinion, thank you.”
“When Ravi went on about how great this current team is, one of the CoA members just cut him short,” the official recollected. “The CoA member told him, ‘Let’s stick to the agenda of the meeting and discuss Australia tour policies. You don’t decide if the team is the best travelling side in the world. Let people be the judge’.” Shastri and Kohli were told that the Indian team is being provided each and every facility that it has sought and its performances on the field should match that input. “One of the senior members attending the meeting told the Kohli-Shastri duo that there is nothing wrong if BCCI wants them to perform well overseas. The official told them, ‘You have been given everything -- from hefty central contracts to practice facilities, support staff, whatever you guys have wanted, so it’s only fair that your performances are put in perspective’.”
It was a meeting that was attended by CoA chief Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji, CEO Rahul Johri, IPL COO Hemang Amin, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim along with Kohli, Shastri, Rohit, Rahane and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.