“Have you ever lifted the cup?”: Ravi Shastri's befitting reply to Michael Vaughan on T20 World Cup venue conspiracy

File photo of Ravi Shastri and Michael Vaughan.© Instagram

It has been over a week since India defeated England in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup in Guyana, thus avenging the 10-wicket defeat suffered by the same team in the same stage two years ago. The Rohit Sharma-led side also won the T20 World Cup title by defeating South Africa in Barbados last Saturday. After Afghanistan's crushing defeat to South Africa in the other semi-final, former England captain Michael Vaughan had questioned the tournament's schedule and accused the organisers of favouring India.

Vaughan revealed on social media that Afghanistan players had faced flight delays while travelling to Trinidad, having played their final Super Eight match of the tournament a day earlier.

He also criticised the ICC for disrespecting Afghanistan, while also blaming an alleged India-centric programme.

Vaughan had written in a post, “Afghanistan qualified for the World Cup semi-finals by winning in St Vincent on Monday night. Flight to Trinidad on Tuesday was delayed by 4 hours so no time to practice or get used to the new venue. I'm afraid there is a lack of respect for the players.”

Now, former India head coach Ravi Shastri has given a befitting reply to Vaughan over his allegation that the tournament has been rigged for India as far as the schedule is concerned.

During a recent interaction, Shastri took a dig at Vaughan, questioning if his “colleague” had ever lifted the World Cup trophy.

Shastri told Times Now, “Michael Vaughan can say whatever he wants. Nobody in India cares about it. First he should sort out the England team. He should give advice on what happened to the England team in the semi-final. India is used to lifting the cup. I know England has won twice, but India has won four times. I don't think Michael has ever lifted the cup. So think twice. He is my colleague, but this is my answer.”

Speaking on Surya Kumar's much-talked-about catch in the final, Shastri silenced his critics by saying, “The grapes are sour. Go and see the record book after five years. India's name will be on it.”

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