Kolkata: A day after Ravi Shastri said that he felt disrespected by Sourav Ganguly’s absence during his interview, the Bengal southpaw has clarified that he could hear Shastri clearly even though he wasn’t in the room.
Along with 20 others, Ravi Shastri was interviewed for the post of Indian cricket coach by a panel comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. However, Ganguly wasn’t present in the room when Shastri was interviewed by Tendulkar and Laxman and Shastri has expressed disappointment over this.
“It didn’t matter that I wasn’t in the room when the other guys were having a conference call with Ravi. I could hear Ravi’s voice very clearly in the adjacent room where I had gone for another meeting. You shouldn’t underestimate the volume of Ravi Shastri’s voice. Even when he wasn’t physically present, his voice was omnipresent. I could follow his entire interview process clearly”, said the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.
“The moment I came to know that Shastri is the next candidate, I thought that I can finish another meeting while listening to Shastri speak at the same time. I am always pressed for time so have learnt to multitask like this. I gave my list of questions to Sachin and joined the other meeting, listening to Shastri’s answers at the same time”, Ganguly added.
When we asked how he was so confident of hearing Shastri clearly even in the next room, Ganguly replied,”Boss, when he does the coin toss at Eden gardens, I hear him clearly in my living room. That is how I come to know that it is time to switch on the TV set. I know his range well.”
However, Ravi Shastri isn’t satisfied with this explanation and has asked for another round of interview. Unable to politely refuse him, BCCI is thinking about adding Navjot Sidhu as the member of interview panel to dissuade Shastri from attending another interview.