Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri has said that he did not want to overstay his welcome after his tenure ends after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup. He talked to the Guardian about his tenure and said that under him, the team did overachieve and did special things but still says that the team wants to win a T20 World Cup.
He mentioned Michael Atherton telling him that he achieved the ultimate by beating Australia in Australia and leading England at their home during Coronavirus times. The former player reiterated the way the team played at Lords and the Oval was very special. He called it the most satisfying moment in his four decades of involvement in cricket. He also reminded me that he was the coach when the Indian team beat New Zealand, Australia and England in T20I’s at their home, and winning the T20 World Cup would be the icing on the cake.
The coach, known for his flamboyant nature, has said that he will love to sign off with an ICC trophy and are going to give it everything. He added that they have got the team to win if we play to their potential but above all, they will enjoy it as the format is all about enjoyment, unlike Test cricket.
He talked about Jasprit Bumrah’s emergence in Test cricket and said that everyone thought he would only be a white-ball only bowler but the coach wanted a bowler to take 20 wickets overseas. He wanted four great fast bowlers due to him facing a lot of the great West Indies team, as a player. He took a chance on Bumrah during their 2018 tour to South Africa and bounced this idea off captain Virat Kohli who said that he shouldn’t debut before Cape Town so that the world doesn’t see him and Shastri ends by saying that was three years ago and he has taken 101 wickets in 24 remarkable tests.
Shastri was appointed in 2017, after the Champions Trophy in June. The T20 World Cup will be the swansong of the Kohli-Shastri duo in Indian cricket.