Bengaluru, Oct 27: India's humiliating 214-run defeat to South Africa in the 5th ODI at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (October 25) has resulted in Team Director Ravi Shastri and Bowling Coach Bharat Arun targetting the pitch curator Sudhir Naik.
South Africa posted a mammoth 438/4 in 50 overs. In reply India were bowled out for 224 in 36 overs with that losing the series 2-3. The Proteas had 3 centurions in Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis and captain AB de Villiers. (BCCI to look into Shastri-Naik argument)
After South Africa's dominant batting display, Shastri and Arun reportedly had a heated argument with Naik. The pitch curator has given a written complaint to Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) stating that Shastri 'abused' him for preparing a batting wicket.
"We have received a letter from Sudhir Naik where he has alleged that two Indian team support staff members Shastri and Arun had a heated argument with him post the India versus South Africa game. The matter will be put up in the next MCA managing committee meeting," Unmesh Khanvilkar, joint secretary of MCA, told "The Indian Express" newspaper.
Former India player Shastri came under attack from fans and also ex-cricketers for his bad behaviour towards Naik.
"Ravi Shastri completely out of line to abuse Sudhir Naik, curator at Wankhede. Showed disrespect to age & fellow test cricketer," Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted.
Ravi Shastri was trending on Twitter on Tuesday morning (October 27). Many fans slammed his outburst and wanted to resign from the position. Some called it childish on his part to blame the pitch.
Here are some of the reactions from Twitter
Ravi Shastri completely out of line to abuse Sudhir Naik, curator at Wankhede. Showed disrespect to age & fellow test cricketer.— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 27, 2015
Mr Ravi shastri why blame the wicket n the curator who holds lot of respect.Blame Team India who didn't do well.Desperation nothing else— vinodkambli (@vinodkambli349) October 27, 2015
Ravi Shastri & Sunil Gavaskar were hero till they were players. Now they as BCCI stooge they are merely disgrace to Cricket. Money rules!— Manvendra Singh Rana (@ms_rana) October 27, 2015
Ravi Shastri: I hereby hold the pitches responsible in advance, in case we lose the test series against South Africa. #INDvSA— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) October 27, 2015
Blaming pitch curater for india loss by ravi shastri is like blaming anushka sharma for kohli's wicket ....— ABD new god of crkt (@parakh52) October 27, 2015
Dear @BCCI and Ravi Shastri, please admit that South Africans outplayed us both in T20s and ODIs! Complaining on pitches is childish!— Rakesh V Chandran (@rakeshvchandran) October 27, 2015
Ravi Shastri is trying to act like a tracer bullet which he is not.Admit our bowling was poor Captain was clueless when carnage was going on— Siddharth Chhaya (@siddtalks) October 27, 2015
Ravi Shastri would have known by now that how easy it was to comment on Being Aggressive, Dressing Room culture etc etc..— Kartik Sharma (@Kartik5Sharma5) October 27, 2015
Never thought I would say this. But Ravi Shastri is better off as commentator.— Psycho (@i_Psycho) October 25, 2015
Ravi Shastri is out of mind to blame pitch for the loss. Dude find some new ball bowlers.— SτƲρίɖ Lλɖκλ (@tomnjerrytwo) October 27, 2015
Rather than targeting curator of wankhede , ravi Shastri should just resign and admit that India is no longer a tiger at home— pavan3085 (@Zindagi_Jhandwa) October 27, 2015