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The head coach of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri will be bidding adieu to his position with the Men in Blue as soon as the T20 World Cup 2021 will be over. However, the former Indian cricketer will continue to be in high demand among the India Premier League franchises, thanks to his exceptional coaching record with the national side.
Even though the tournament is not over yet, Shastri has already been approached by an IPL team to act as their head coach during the upcoming season, which only goes on to show his popularity and fame as a leader and a mentor.
The newly inducted #Ahmedabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (@IPL) is likely to sign up the outgoing Indian team coaches #RaviShastri, Bharat Arun, and R Sridhar for the coaching roles in the 2022 edition of the lucrative tournament. pic.twitter.com/ho8dXaAJCG
— IANS Tweets (@ians_india) November 6, 2021
Unfortunately, it was because of the city of which the team had approached Shastri that his fondness for alcoholic beverages became a national source of memes and social media trolls once again.
The newly formed IPL franchise from Ahmedabad has reportedly taken the first step towards getting Shastri on their side and hope to exploit his expertise of being in the locker room with the intention of making some early strides in their inaugural season.
The Ahmedabad franchise is likely to sign Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar. (Reported by Cricbuzz).
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 6, 2021
Ahmedabad, as many would know, belongs to the ‘dry’ state of Gujarat which means that the manufacturing, storing, selling and consuming alcoholic beverages is banned in the city, which, according to trolls, would cause a significant problem for Shastri as he laces up to coach the new franchise at home.
How will he perform to his potential in a dry state
— Prasad Utekar (@prus26) November 6, 2021
But Daaru is banned in Gujrat. No?
— Wise Blunder (@Vicky_banna07) November 6, 2021
Dry state mei kya karega wo?
— शिव-am (@Shivamda) November 6, 2021
Ahmedabad is located in dry state this might help them
— samyak (@ksam1999) November 6, 2021
Yeh uska daaru chudane ke liye plan hai BCCI ka. BCCI uska daru chudake T20 WC ka badla le raha.
— Sota Pahad (@_ApneKoKya) November 6, 2021
On the other hand, a lot of fans of the Indian cricket team were excited about the reports that Shastri would be returning to the commentary box after almost a decade. As one of the most loved and respected voices behind the microphone, Shastri may have a lot more fans as a commentator than a head coach.
The offer from the Ahmedabad franchise could lead to a delay in Shastri’s chances of making it to the commentary box by some time and as a result, people have been left broken-hearted and disappointed.
Thought he would head back to the commentary box.. missing his commentary
— Rohit P (@Ro__183) November 6, 2021
Oh no, wanted to see him as a commentator.
— Aditya Saha (@Adityakrsaha) November 6, 2021
Should be back in commentary tbh
— 𝐘𝐨𝐮𝐀𝐫𝐞𝐖𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐠 (@huihui_____) November 6, 2021
Nooooooooooo we want him at the commentary box :/
— justanotherfan (@donbradman45) November 6, 2021