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Reports: BCCI livid with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for attending book launch event

India head coach Ravi Shastri placed in isolation.

Team India pulled off a spectacular win over England in the fourth Test match at The Oval in London. Indian captain Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for a collective team effort from his teammates. In the end, all the hard work bore fruit as India beat England by 157 runs.

Rightly so, they took a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series. With one more game to go, India should either win or play for a draw to win the series. The fifth and final Test will go all guns blazing on September 10 at The Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester.

Meanwhile, just a day after Team India won the game, media reports of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri attending a public event in the city last week created outrage in the dressing room. The report went on to add saying that during the fourth Test match on Sunday, Indian head coach Ravi Shastri was tested positive for coronavirus pandemic.

Anyone who tested positive for covid-19 is quite common in the United Kingdom at the moment. It is to be noted that India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding R Sridhar got their positive results on Monday. “The BCCI is learned to be peeved with Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli for attending public events in London last week,” as reported by TOI.

BCCI unhappy with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri

As per the reports, BCCI is extremely angry with Indian captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. Nonetheless, ever since the news came to light, leaked pics of Shastri along with Kohli and Pujara attending a public event in London has gone viral.

It is said that these three stalwarts reportedly attended a book launch event. All the leaked pics have been submitted to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. India’s apex body is unhappy with the captain and the head coach, according to a report shared by The Times of India.


“The board will probe the matter. This incident has left the board embarrassed. The coach and the captain will be asked to explain the circumstances after the fourth Test at Oval. The team’s administrative manager Girish Dongre’s role is also under the scanner,” a source close to the BCCI told TOI.

“The BCCI is in touch with the ECB and trying to ensure the series is completed without any further incidents. As of now, everyone is hoping that Shastri recovers soon. There is a selection meeting for the T20 World Cup on Wednesday. Maybe the matter will be raised there,” the official added.

Kohli and Shastri were careless as they attended the public event in this coronavirus crisis. They could have ruined the health of everyone involved in the series. Their careless stunt would have brought the entire series to a shocking end.

Meanwhile, the source of Ravi Shastri testing positive for covid-19 is not confirmed. But many reckon that he may have contracted the virus from his hotel’s elevator, used by other guests at the institution.

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