Shastri Sets Social Media Abuzz With ‘On Air’ Comment

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Adelaide: India head coach Ravi Shastri could not keep his emotions in check after the historic first Test win at the Adelaide Oval and made a tongue-in-cheek comment on national television that quickly went viral on social media.

Speaking to Sunil Gavaskar, Michael Clarke and Mark Butcher, who were discussing the game in a television studio in Mumbai, Shastri came up with a rather interesting way to describe the tense moments of the game with Australia almost pulling-off a record chase.

“I just said in Hindi just a little while ago bilkul chhorenge nahi … Lekin thodi der ke liye wahan g*** muh mein tha (we will go for the kill … but for sometime we had our **** in our mouths),” said Shastri on air, describing his feelings after the hosts showed a lot of fight on day five and fell just 31-run short of the 323-run target.

The coach was expectedly happy with the hard-fought victory, also India’s first in the opening Test of a series in Australia.

Moments after he expressed his feelings to Gavaskar and Co, his comment set the social media world abuzz.

“Did Ravi Shastri just say ‘thodi der ke liye G*** Muh mei tha’ on national TV. Oh yes he did,” wrote Abijit Ganguly on Twitter.

“Ravi Shastri the real Man of the Match #goti,” read another post.

The former India all-rounder is also a seasoned commentator and was a familiar figure on the mic before taking charge as India coach.