Ravi Shastri reveals being held back from taking job as India’s Head Coach

Ravi Shastri
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The former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri recently ended his tenure as the Head Coach of Team India. It came upon after India made an early exit from the T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.  It has been quite a journey for him with the team and has witnessed highs and lows during his stint as the head coach. Ravi Shastri revealed that there were people who were against him taking up the coaching job in the national team. In 2019, Shastri was reappointed as Team India’s head coach but many people held him back from taking charge of the team.

Ravi Shastri reveals many attempted to ensure that he doesn’t get the job as the head coach

Back in 2017, Shastri took over from Anil Kumble, who resigned after an alleged altercation with Indian captain Virat Kohli. After a couple of years, he was reappointed as the head coach for the Men in Blue. Shastri also said that a number of people opposed Bharat Arun’s appointment as India’s bowling coach.

in an exclusive interview with The Times of India, Shastri said: “Yes. They didn’t want to give me Bharat Arun either as the bowling coach. And looking at how things pan out – the very guy they didn’t want as the bowling coach went on to become the finest this country has ever had.

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“And I’m not pointing any fingers at people in general. Specific people. I must say an attempt was made to ensure I don’t get the job. But such is life,” added the veteran.

Shastri also had a stint as India’s team director when he took charge back in 2014. One of the major drawbacks of Shastri’s tenure that India never won any ICC Trophy that has been a talking point. However, the Men in Blue climbed to the top of the Test rankings and also won several bilateral series. Shastri was recently replaced by Rahul Dravid, under whom India picked up a dominating home series win against New Zealand.

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