India cricket coach Ravi Shastri dating Airlift actress Nimrat Kaur?
Ravi Shastri and Nimrat Kaur at Audi car launch in Delhi.Instagram

Head coach of India cricket team, Ravi Shastri has rubbished the media report suggesting his linkup with actress Nimrat Kaur, calling it the "biggest load of cow dung".

Shastri's strong rebuttal comes after a national daily reported that the former India captain and Kaur have been "dating discreetly for over two years". It also pointed out that the cricketer, who is reportedly long estranged from wife Ritu, and the actress were roped in by a German luxury carmaker to launch their cars every year since 2015.

"Nothing to say when it is the biggest load of cow dung," Shastri told Mid-Day. The 56-year-old seemed to have been adamant about not talking much about the speculations and had shot back after he was asked when he had last met Kaur, according to the report.

Kaur, 36, took to Twitter and slammed the said media report with a cryptic message.

"Fact: I may need a root canal. Fiction: Everything else I read about me today. More facts: Fiction can be more hurtful, Monday blues exist and I love ice cream. Here's to trash free happy days ahead," Kaur wrote.

Notably, another report on Bollywoodlife claimed that the link-up story is old and the duo is no longer together. It also added a common friend had played "Cupid to their love story".

Southampton loss hurts: Shastri

Ravi Shastri
File photo of India head coach Ravi Shastri (R) with captain Kohli (L).BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Shastri, who is currently in the United Kingdom, also told the news daily that the 61-run defeat in the fourth Test of the ongoing five-match series in England "hurt" Virat Kohli's Team India.

"This one [loss] hurts. It should have been 2-2. We had our chances," Shastri said.

Shastri was optimistic about India staging a fightback and making it 2-2 in Southampton after a morale-boosting win over the hosts in Nottingham.

In fact, the head coach had expressed confidence that his team would be able to chase anything less than 270 in the fourth innings of the Ageas Bowl Test. However, the visitors were bundled out for 184 in chase of 245.

Despite a 101-run stand between half-centurions Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, India were unable to get past the finish line, and eventually conceded an unassailable 3-1 lead to England.