Team India head coach Ravi Shastri will vacate his post after the side’s last group stage clash against Namibia in Dubai. The Men In Blue won’t be a part of the knockouts of the T20 World Cup with New Zealand and Pakistan having already sealed the top two spots in the group.
This puts the curtains down on an illustrious era in Indian cricket and while the absence of a major ICC title will be the talking point, the dominance under Shastri’s reign was unparalleled. Speaking ahead of his final game in charge, he admitted that he is mentally drained along with the rest of the squad due to the constant bio-bubbles and rigid scheduling. Shastri said:
“I am mentally drained but I expect that at my age. These guys are physically and mentally drained, six months in a bubble and we would have ideally liked a bigger gap between the IPL and the World Cup. It’s when the big games come and when the pressure hits you – you are not that switched on as you should be. And it’s not an excuse,”
Rahul Dravid will take over as the head coach of the team, with the upcoming home tour of New Zealand being his first assignment.
I said in my mind I want to make a difference and I think I have: Shastri
Ravi Shastri reflected on his journey with the Indian team and feels that their red ball triumphs in overseas nations have been the most fruitful outings. He also noted that despite their early exit from this edition of the World Cup, the team should not be judged on the basis of only the recent set of outings. Shastri added:
“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”
Along with Shastri, Virat Kohli is also leaving his post as the T20 captain after today’s contest against Namibia.
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