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T20 WC: ‘Players don’t run on petrol’, Ravi Shastri defends exiled Team India

Highlights:

  • Coach Ravi Shastri’s journey ended with the T20 World Cup.
  • Ravi Shastri blamed the bio bubble for his exit from the team.
  • Ravi Shastri said – Players are human after all, they do not run on petrol.

New Delhi: India has definitely won the match against Namibia on Monday, but Team India is out of the T20 World Cup. This match was very special. It was the final match for Virat Kohli as T20 captain and the final for Ravi Shastri as coach. Ravi Shastri gave the reason for the team’s exit from the World Cup and also defended Team India. Ravi Shastri claimed that even Don Bradman’s batting average could have come down if he was kept in the bio-bubble for too long. Ravi Shastri recalled that the Indian team has been in a bio-bubble for almost six months.

In the final match, Team India won by nine wickets against Namibia, but could not make it to the semi-finals. The Indian team lost the first two matches against Pakistan and New Zealand. After these two defeats, Team India’s chances of reaching the semi-finals depended on the performance of the other team.

After the match, Ravi Shastri said during the conference, “I would like to say one thing, this is not an excuse. When you live in a bubble for six months… There are many players in this team who have won in all three formats. In the last 24 months, they have been at home for only 25 days. I don’t care who you are. Even if your name is Bradman, you are a man after all and your performance will be affected. It’s not like I put petrol in the car and it started running.

Praising the team, coach Ravi Shastri said that if the problem of bio-bubble fatigue is not addressed soon, then the problems of the players may increase. More important than how the series ended is what you made available as a team. The players are playing, they didn’t complain. But if not today then tomorrow this bubble will burst and for this we have to be careful.

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