Virat Kohli and the Men in Blue just faced one of the most frustrating series defeat in recent history as after leading the Aussies two games to none, they lost the five-match series 2-3.
Preceding the ODI series, Team India was also swept clean in the two-match T20I series as both the batting and bowling lineups of the team spiralled out of control in the first and second game respectively.
The last three games India played against Aaron Finch's side (and lost) were a testament to how weak the Indian batting order is, while a whole lot of misfields, dropped catches and miscalculated delivery lengths also aided the Aussies in displaying great batting prowess.March 13, 2019
While players like Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan have been hugely criticised for the lack of form and the inability to do their jobs well, head coach Ravi Shastri seems to be unscathed of criticism.
The former Indian cricketer's annual salary of a whopping Rs. 8 crores (approximately) has earned him the record to be the world's highest paid cricket coach ever. The question now arises is whether Shastri has done enough as the head coach of the Indian cricket team since acquiring the position almost 2 years ago, to justify the bizarre income?
In what was considered to the biggest ego clash in the history of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble resigned from his position after Virat Kohli allegedly showed signs of displeasure towards Kumble's 'style' of runnings things in the dressing room. The position was then handed over to Shastri with a salary package of the aforementioned amount which happened to be nearly Rs. 1.5 crore more than what Kumble used to draw annually.
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/eF5qVzdBRj— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) June 20, 2017
Back in the day, Kumble enjoyed a lot of success and was well respected as the coach of the Indian roster. In his resignation letter, he very rightly mentioned: “Professionalism, discipline, commitment, honesty, complementary skills and diverse views are the key traits I bring to the table.”
On the contrary, Shastri has not enjoyed the same level of respect, not from the fans at least. In 2018, he was also deemed to be Virat Kohli's 'Yes Man', who used to agree to whatever the captain wished for. These allegations were obviously dismissed by King Kohli himself.
Virat kohli pick him ok, shastri is just a yes man of kohli— Manish Saini (@ErManishSaini7) January 2, 2019
In a press conference ahead of India's three-month-long tour of Australia and New Zealand, he said: “it is the most bizarre thing that I have heard. I don't think there is anyone who has said no to me more than him in Indian cricket, honestly. Because he is the one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion and he will tell me something that doesn't need to be done that doesn't need to be done.”
Kohli credited Shastri of significantly improving performance of the middle and lower order of the batting lineup. He also emphasised that the team has shown better consistency and greater focus while the individuals feeling the need to take up more and more responsibility.
You don't have to be a dedicated fan of Indian cricket to see the irony in that. Roughly in the last 4-5 series, the middle order has been the biggest disappointment and the weakest part of Team India's overall performance. Be it Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni or Kedar Jadhav, all have failed to hold the fort for the roster in more than one match.
Consistency went out of the park when India lost the T20I series. Winning the first two and the losing the other three consecutively, surely doesn't look like the prime example of consistency.
Coming back to the point, what exactly has the head coach of the Indian cricket team done to earn such a huge pay cheque every year, we still don't know.