Former India cricketer Ravi Shastri has taken a dig at former skipper Sourav Ganguly claiming that cricket in Bengal has changed over the years and is just not limited to one prince. Shastri made the comments during the third day of the second test between India and England Test at Vizag.
During the first session of the third day, Shastri – who was commentating at the time – took an indirect swipe at Ganguly while talking about the current Indian bowling line-up. The former all-rounder was full of praise for the pace-bowling pair of Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami calling them 'Vidarbha Express' and 'Sultan of Bengal', respectively.
That is when co-commentator and English legend Sir Ian Botham question whether the term 'Prince of Bengal' already exists, a moniker given to Ganguly, which led Shastri to say that there is much more to know about Bengal and that the beautiful state is not just limited to just one prince.
The duo have not had the best of relationships in the past with Shastri accusing the former batsman of being disrespectful after Ganguly had skipped his interview for the post of team India coach. Ganguly along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman compromised the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) that was involved in the selection process of the Indian cricket team's new head coach.
While Shastri, who was the Team Director at that stage, was the favourite to be picked, the CAC instead chose Anil Kumble for the post with Shastri taking offence and accusing Ganguly of being disrespectful towards him and his job.
The 'Prince of Calcutta' though did not stay quiet hitting back at Shastri claiming that one should not be holidaying in Bangkok and give an interview over Skype for such an important position and that even a legend like Kumble had presented his stance for over three hours.