Ravi Shastri’s tenure as Team India’s head coach ended on November 8th with the Indian team defeating Namibia by 9 wickets in the last Super 12 game of the ongoing T20 World Cup. While the team did not have a successful tournament, the Indian team achieved a lot under the tutelage of Ravi Shastri. Team India won two Test series in Australia while they also hold a 2-1 lead in the Test series against England, which will be completed next year.
After the match against Namibia on Monday, Ravi Shastri delivered his final dressing room speech. He heaped praise on the Indian players for their performance in the last few years.
“You guys as a team have over exceeded my expectations with the way you played. Over the last few years, you go across the globe, across all formats and beat everyone makes you one of the great teams that has played the game. A great Indian cricket team, hear me out. This will go down as one of the great teams that has played the game over the last 5-6 years across all formats because the results are there to be seen,” Shastri said in the video uploaded by BCCI.
The 59-year-old also spoke about team’s ouster from the T20 World Cup 2021, stating that it’s a part of the game and the players will get another chance to win the tournament.
“Yes, we didn’t have a great tournament. We could have won 1 or 2 ICC tournaments, but it didn’t happen. But that is sport, you’ll get another chance. You’ll be wiser, you will have more experience when the next opportunity comes.
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Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid is set to take over as the head coach of Team India. Dravid will be in charge during the upcoming T20I and Test series against New Zealand.