Team India has been hailed for its recent achievements against Australia and England. Former West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd even lauded the current Indian team as the best of their ilk.
One of the main reasons behind Team India’s success in the recent past has been the partnership and the relationship between skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri.
The player-coach duo has worked together relentlessly to pull the team to the top along with invaluable contributions from the rest of the team. The two have always worked together for the team and have created a winning mentality in the team.
However, former England spinner Monty Panesar reckoned that the Indian team’s success belong more to Shastri than to Kohli and the 59-year-old is responsible for India’s unprecedented victories.
What Monty Panesar Had Said?
“If one analyses the performance of India in the past few months, you can see that it is more of Ravi Shastri’s team than Virat Kohli’s. At least that’s what I feel,” Panesar told India Today.
This statement, however, did not go down too well with former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt who said he did not understand the “context and logic” of Panesar’s statements.
The former Pakistan captain also stated that Kohli was equally responsible for his side’s achievements as he is one of the best batsmen in the world and failure of a series or two cannot take away the Delhi-lad’s credibility.
I Don’t Understand Why Somebody Would Need To Say This: Salman Butt
“See, I don’t understand why somebody would need to say this. Virat has scored so many runs, was it possible to get such a good winning ratio without it? Not at all. He was not there for one series, we can consider it as a failure. One or two failed series are normal but you still can’t take away his contribution. Similarly, a coach’s positive influence ensures that the team is with him,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
Salman Butt further asserted that both the head coach and skipper were equally happy to work with each other, and there was no reason credit only one for the team’s growth. Former Pakistan skipper even took a jibe at Panesar’s outlook, stating that it had no ‘context’ or ‘logic.’
“They both [Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli] didn’t say anything and are happy to work together… I believe both are equally valuable. In fact, every member is valuable. And when they are all happily working together as a team, why would you say that it’s one’s team more than the other? I don’t know what context and logic he has used,” Butt suggested.