Calcutta, June 14: Hansie Cronje’s ‘ghost’ loomed at former India captain Ravi Shastri’s seven-hour interaction with the England-bound South Africa squad yesterday.
In an unprecedented move, the South Africans invited Shastri to ‘lecture’ Graeme Smith and Co. on dealing with the Media — both national and international. The session, of course, took place in Johannesburg.
While Shastri declined to go into details — citing a confidentiality ‘agreement’ — The Telegraph learns that the Cronje issue (which hurt South Africa in the World Cup) figured rather prominently.
Apparently, the White-Black controversy also cropped up. After all, there will be occasions when the aggressive English Media is bound to rake that up.
The general discussions apart, Shastri had a series of one-to-ones. “It was a great experience,” he remarked, shortly before leaving Jo’Burg for Singapore.