Reetinder Singh Sodhi believes that Indian Men’s team Head Coach Ravi Shastri would continue serving in the role if India wins the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup this year.
His comments come following the speculations about Ravi Shastri being removed from the role, post the T20 World Cup tournament. Reetinder Singh Sodhi admitted that Shastri has not met the expectations in terms of winning trophies, but overall his performance has been praise-worthy.
India’s latest opportunity to take home an ICC trophy, which they haven’t won in an excessively long time, came when they made it into the ICC World Test Championship Final. But the team had to taste defeat and see the chance slip from their hands, yet again.
“This is speculative for sure. It will be very harsh to say that Ravi has not performed well. He has done quite well but if the parameter is winning trophies, we have not done that. But if the Indian team wins the T20 World Cup, it will be impossible to remove Ravi Shastri,” Reetinder Sodhi said during a discussion with India News.
“He has done a decent job earlier as well and winning the trophy, something we have been waiting for, I think the purpose will be filled. But at the end of the day, the way Rahul Bhai has gone to Sri Lanka as a coach and the board rejected the proposal of two additional batsmen, you get a somewhat different signal. If you ask me, there is pressure on Ravi Bhai.”
Ravi Shastri is deemed as the Indian Men’s Cricket Team’s most successful coach, especially in the Test format. Since he joined as the Head Coach, the team has won an impressive 28 out of 46 Tests under his mentorship as of March 2021. He takes the credit for keeping India in the top two positions in the ICC Test Rankings.
Under the guidance and leadership of Shastri, the team has won 57 of the 91 matches making it one of the best teams in the ODI format. India currently ranks No. 2 in the format.
He hailed by former cricketers, current Indian players, analysts and pundits for his top-class management skills, coaching style, dressing room ethics, and instilling in the players the ‘Never-Give-Up’ approach of playing.
Speaking of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, the tournament is set to take place in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. It will run from 17 October to 14 November.