Wanted “To Make A Difference And I Think I Have”: Ravi Shastri On Stint As Team India Head Coach | Cricket News

Ravi Shastri’s tenure as head coach of the Indian cricket crew involves an finish on Monday, because the Virat Kohli-led crew performs its final Super 12 match of the continuing ICC T20 World Cup in opposition to Namibia in Dubai. It’s a somewhat disappointing finish to an in any other case profitable stint, because the ‘Men In Blue’ didn’t qualify for the semi-final of the worldwide occasion. Shastri, who took over from Anil Kumble in 2017, has presided over a interval that has seen the Indian crew do exceptionally effectively in Test cricket. India gained back-to-back Test collection in Australia, defeated West Indies and Sri Lanka away from dwelling and dominated groups like South Africa and England in India. The crew is at present main the Test collection in England 2-1, as the ultimate match of the collection will probably be performed in 2022, after it was postponed because of Covid-19 associated points.

The win price of the crew in white-ball cricket was additionally nice with a number of victories in bilateral collection. But the crew beneath Shastri’s watch additionally ensured a heartbreaking loss within the semi-final of the ICC World Cup in 2019 and within the last of the maiden ICC Test Championship in 2021.

Before the beginning of the match in opposition to Namibia, Shastri in an interview stated that he wished to “make a difference” when he had taken the job and stated that he thinks he has achieved it.

“It (journey) has been fantastic. When I took this job, I said in my mind I want to make a difference and I think I have. Sometimes in life, it’s not all about what you accomplish, it’s what you overcome. And what these guys have overcome over the last five years, the way they have travelled across the globe and performed in every part of the globe in all formats of the game will make this – irrespective of what’s happened here – as one of the great teams in the history of the game. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind. It’s unfortunate that we are out of this tournament but that takes nothing away from a great side.” Shastri stated.

Asked in regards to the excessive factors throughout his tenure and Shastri talked about the efficiency of the crew in Test cricket was one thing he cherished.

“Across all formats there are plenty. But winning in red-ball cricket across the globe – West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, England we are leading the series. It could be the longest lead in the history of cricket because the next Test is next year. To go across and beat all these sides every team in white-ball cricket – T20 or 50 over – we have beaten sides in their den which was my endeavour and team’s endeavour. We were always labelled as big bullies at home, but when you had to travel outside you didn’t have the goods. But this team has shown they have more and plenty of that,” Shastri stated.

Asked in regards to the appointment of Rahul Dravid as his successor, Shastri stated that the previous India captain will increase the bar.

“I think in Rahul Dravid they’ve got a guy who has inherited a great team and with his stature and experience it can only raise the bar. Virat has done a fantastic job as leader of the side, one of the best ambassadors of Test cricket. A lot of credit goes to him,” Shastri opined.


This was Shastri’s second stint accountable for the crew, He had taken over as Team Director after India’s loss to England within the 2014 Test collection and was in cost until the 2016 ICC WT20.

Shastri, in each his tenures, didn’t information the crew to victory in any ICC event.

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