Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri is currently spending the lockdown at his home in Alibaug, which comes under the orange zone list. The former India all-rounder recently revealed that he was going to get a beer from the liquor shop after the Government of India eased lockdown rules.
There have been huge queues outside alcohol shops across the country ever since the shops opened on May 4, but Shastri said he will make sure to follow social distancing norms.
Speaking to journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, during the latest episode of Sony Ten Pit Stop, Shastri admitted that since he is in the orange zone, he was hopeful of getting a beer from some shop on Tuesday. Whether he emerged successful in the mission, considering the queues outside liquor shops or not, is yet to be established.
“Siva (Laxman Sivaramakrishnan), Roger (Binny) will be on the top of the list,” Shastri said when asked about his beer buddies.
“With the lockdown now, I’m past the red zone and am currently in the orange zone in Alibaug. I’m going to get a beer tonight, am sure there will be some shop open. And if I had to get two guys to get a beer with me I’m sure Roger would have joined me and so would Siva,” Shastri added on being asked whom he would like to hang around within quarantine from the Indian team of 1985.
During the conversation, the 57-year-old also spoke about his rivalry with Pakistan veteran Javed Miandad, especially at the 1985 World Championship final.
“Javed had no chance of getting the Audi, but he had to needle and make sure that I get distracted. When we played against each other, there was constant chat.
“He was a great player and a great competitor. He would go to any level to try and make sure he got under your skin and distracted you. But he had no chance in that final because my eyes were on that car and even if he wanted to distract me, he had no bloody chance,” Shastri said.
The Mumbaikar opined that after Pakistan, New Zealand could be named as the strongest competitors in the championship. “New Zealand were a fantastic team. They might not have the superstars, but they are always a team known for punching much above their weights. We had to play our A game in the semifinals to beat them.”