The tenure of former Indian cricketer, Ravi Shastri as India’s Head Coach is slated to come to an end after ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Speaking of his time as India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri stated that he has achieved all he wanted. He highlighted team India’s Test win in Australia and South Africa. Besides, under his stewardship, India remained the number one Test team for 5 years.
“I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted. Five years as No.1 (in Test cricket), to win in Australia twice, to win in England.
“I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate – to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” said the former player.
Ravi Shastri also recalled India’s white-ball series wins overseas and said that a win in the upcoming T20 World Cup would be icing on the cake.
“We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the (T20) World Cup that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more.
“I believe one thing – never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I’ve over-achieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a COVID year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket.”
Ravi Shastri also highlighted Jasprit Bumrah’s rise in Test Cricket. The head coach believed that India needed a strong fast bowling unit to claim Test series wins overseas. Shastri is happy that India has been able to do that.
“No one believed Jasprit Bumrah could play Test cricket. He was a white-ball bowler. But when I took over as coach I asked myself: ‘How do I take 20 wickets overseas?’
“I knew I needed four great fast bowlers because I had played so much Test cricket against the West Indies. It started in South Africa in 2018 and we lost that fantastic series 2-1. I wanted to unleash Bumrah in that first Test in Cape Town.
“I bounced the idea off Virat months before and told the selectors: ‘Do not unleash him in India. I don’t want the world to see him in Test cricket before Cape Town.
“That was three years ago. Since then he’s taken 101 wickets (in 24 Tests). It’s remarkable.“
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