DubaiSoon after, former India head coach Ravi Shastri feels his successor Rahul Dravid has inherited a wonderful team and hopes to take it to new heights with his experience as a player and coach. Shastri’s tenure as head coach came to an end with the T20 World Cup match against Namibia.
After Shastri, Rahul Dravid will play the role of head coach. Dravid will raise the “level of betterment” for this team, according to Shastri. He said, “Because there are still a lot of players here who will be playing for the next three-four years. This is not a team that is in overnight transition and that will make the biggest difference. Virat is still part of the team. He Brilliant job as the captain of the team. He has been one of the biggest spokespersons of Test cricket over the last five years and has supported the way he thinks about how we play the game and the way the team has supported him. He’s admirable.”
For the first time since 2012, India crashed out of the tournament before the semi-final stage of an ICC trophy. Apart from white-ball cricket, the team has found consistent success in Test matches, including two consecutive Test series wins in Australia and a 2–1 lead in the series against England. During this time India has become a team that can perform well in all conditions. Ravi Shastri, on his last day as the team’s head coach, reflected on these achievements and shed light on the reasons behind his exit from the World Cup.
Shastri told broadcaster Star Sports ahead of India’s final Super 12 match against Namibia, “When I took this position, I said in my mind that I have to make a difference and I think I have made that difference. Sometimes it doesn’t matter what you achieve but what matters Have done great across formats, that makes it one of the great team in cricket history. It’s unfortunate that we got knocked out of this tournament but it can’t take anything away from this great team.”
Shastri took over as India coach for the second time in July 2017 and was focused on building a team that can win away from home. I would say that going around the world in Test cricket and winning – West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, England, there we are leading the series and that could be the longest lead in Test cricket. Even in white ball cricket, we beat every team, Be it T20 or ODI, we have beaten teams at home. At home we always dominate the teams but going abroad and winning was the aim of me and the entire team. This team has shown that they are very good. can do something.”
Apart from this, Ravi Shastri also gave an emotional message to the team in the dressing room which was uploaded by BCCI on its official Twitter handle.
Must Watch: A stirring speech to sign off as the #TeamIndia Head Coach
Watch https://t.co/x05bg0dLKH pic.twitter.com/IlUIVxg6wp
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2021
India came as a strong contender for the T20 World Cup but due to many reasons the team could not perform well, one of the major reasons was the fatigue of the players.
To this Shastri said, “I am mentally exhausted but it happens at my age. After six months in the bio-bubble, these players are physically and mentally exhausted. Ideally we are in IPL and T20 world. Would love to have a big gap between cups. So when the big matches come, when there’s extra pressure, you don’t immediately prepare yourself to face it. That’s no excuse. We accept defeat. Because we’re not afraid to lose. In trying to win, you will sometimes lose. Here we didn’t try to win because that X-factor was missing.”