“7 Bloody Calls”: Shastri Narrates Story Behind Becoming Team Director

Ravi Shastri served as India’s Team Director before his stint as the head coach.© AFP

Before Ravi Shastri‘s tenure as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, which saw them register two Test series wins in Australia and take a 2-1 lead in England before the final match was postponed by a year, he was also the director of the team – first, for a brief stint in 2007 and then for two years starting in 2014. Speaking to The Guardian, he revealed how he was on commentary duty when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) contacted him and asked him to take over as India’s team director from the very next day in 2014.

“I had no warning. I was commentating at the Oval during India’s tour of England and came off air to find six or seven missed calls,” Shastri said.

“‘Seven bloody calls? What’s happened here?’. (The BCCI) just said: ‘We want you to take over, starting tomorrow, at any cost,'” he narrated.

“I told them I’d have to speak to my family and commercial partners but they just said they would sort all that out,” he went on to say.

And like that I was straight in from the commentary box. You’ll see when I joined the setup, I was still in jeans and loafers. Instantly my job changed,” Shastri recalled.

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After Shastri’s stint as team director, Anil Kumble was appointed the head coach of the team, but Shastri replaced him in 2017.

Shastri’s tenure as head coach ended after last year’s T20 World Cup, with Rahul Dravid taking over the reins from him.

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