5 quotes by Ravi Shastri: A man who doesn't mince words
Ravi Shastri has always been a fiery character. Even during his playing days, he was never one to back away from a fight. This is part of the reason he has a bittersweet relationship with the fans. The 55-year-old also enjoys great chemistry with skipper Virat Kohli because of his aggressive stance about the game.
Shastri has always possessed the gift of gab. Be it 'Dhoni finishes off in style' or 'the party begins in Mumbai', his impassioned and incisive commentary has influenced an entire generation of viewers.
Here are five quotes by the Indian coach that are a testament to his fervent behaviour.
#1 On criticism
The proposition that Ravi Shastri has a tendency of coming down very hard on even an iota of criticism directed towards him, was further established when, following the likes of Virat Kohli, he too started belligerently cross questioning the journalists in press conferences.
The timing of Shastri's statements came under scrutiny due to his absence from press conferences following India's forgettable start to their campaign in South Africa. When he finally decided to face the media after the team's win in the final Test at the Wanderers, it was only to convey that he hardly cared about the criticism.