India’s offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin hailed Zimbabwe’s performance against hosts Sri Lanka in the ODIs and said such shock results will help cricket stay healthy. Zimbabwe defeated Sri Lanka 3-2 in the five match ODI series by wining the first, fourth and the fifth games.
“With regard to Zimbabwe winning over Sri Lanka, that’s how the game goes, anybody can lose, anybody can win. Tomorrow Afghanistan may beat someone, so that’s the way the sport needs to (go). It is very healthy for the game,” Ashwin said on the sidelines of an event.
With India set to tour Sri Lanka in a couple of days’ time, the support staff of the Indian team is yet to be picked. Interestingly, even though the general notion was that the selection of Ravi Shastri had more to do with the whole team wanting the former team director to return at the helm of affairs, spin spearhead Ashwin has made it clear that he will not judge Shastri and time will tell if the choice of coach was good or not.
“I think, the new coach or the new support staff, it does not come under my jurisdiction, it isn’t something I will take a call on. I am not being diplomatic, it will be unfair for me to pass a comment on that. Likewise always, the Indian team moves on, India moves on (and) we have to find out in course of time, how it is going,” Ashwin said on the sidelines of a promotional event.
Shastri, who had lost out to Anil Kumble last year, after a fairly successful two years as team director, finally had the last laugh as he was made head coach of the Indian team till the 2019 World Cup.