Ravi Shastri, who has often found himself at the receiving end ever since his appointment as India head coach, says he doesn’t care what people speak about him, adding that he is not worried at all.
Shastri had to face the wrath of the Indian cricket fans on social media after India lost the Test series to England. Not only this, he has been trolled many a time, sometimes for his comments or his picture.
In an interview with Gulf News, the 56-year-old said that he doesn’t have time for what people say about him. “I sleep absolutely sound as I am used to my era where you would have one or two papers only so you pick it up and read it. So I have time only for that. I don’t have time for anything else. I may be on Twitter or Instagram…I only tweet ..I don’t read anything. Go hell with what people have to say as long as you are confident of what you are doing. You know that you are giving your 100% to the job you are doing. Rest is…I am not worried at all. If you start worrying about that, you start messing up a lot of other things…..so I say ignorance is bliss,” he said.
Under Shastri, who was appointed as the head coach last year, team India have failed to perform well outside the sub-continent. At the start of the year, India lost the three-Test series to South Africa 2-1 while England dominated the five-match Test series by posting a win by a margin of 4-1. Although, Shastri has been insisting that the scoreline in both the series has not been a true indicator of the quality of cricket played by the team in both the Test series.
His next big task would be the tour to Australia beginning November where apart from playing three ODIs and as many T20Is, India would be playing four Test matches as well.