New Delhi. Despite dominating all formats and playing cricket fearlessly, the Virat Kohli-led Team India has won its trophy in ICC events during the prestigious tenure of former head coach Ravi Shastri. ) failed to end the drought. Days after he ended his coaching stint with the Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma-led side, former cricketer Shastri shared the experience of his incredible journey with the Indian cricket team. Shastri has completed his illustrious tenure as the head coach of Team India. His tenure ended with the match between India and Namibia in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. This match was also the last match of the World Cup for India.
India lost both its opening matches to Pakistan and New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021. Since then, the journey of Team India to reach the semi-finals was stuck on if-buts. After Afghanistan’s defeat against New Zealand, this if-else came to an end and India failed to make it to the semi-finals. Talking to Times Now, Ravi Shastri spoke about the team’s failure to not win a global tournament during his coaching stint after he stepped down as the head coach of Team India.
‘Team India exceeded expectations’
Taking a look at his stint with Team India, former head coach Shastri said that the Kohli-led team has exceeded his expectations. “When I took over five years ago, the team exceeded those expectations and that’s the biggest thing for me,” Shastri said.
The team won many series during Shastri’s tenure.
Under the guidance of former head coach Ravi Shastri, Team India became the first Asian Test team to beat Australia at home. India registered two series wins over Australia in the famous Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Apart from beating Sri Lanka and West Indies at home, India also managed to beat South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia in bilateral T20I series.
‘I don’t regret not winning the ICC trophy’
However, the Indian team led by Virat Kohli could not win any ICC trophy during the tenure of coach Shastri. Shastri said, “It is not a matter of regret, the team has performed so well in all the formats over the years. It is disappointing, because in my mind this team was good enough to win at least 2 ICC trophies (during my tenure).”
Rahul Dravid has become the new coach of Team India
Under Ravi Shastri’s coaching tenure, Team India made it to the semi-finals of the 50-over ICC World Cup hosted by England and Wales in 2019. Under Shastri’s supervision, Kohli and Co finished runner-up in the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship. In Shastri’s last tournament as the head coach of the Indian side, the Kohli-led team India was knocked out of the T20 World Cup 2021 in the Super 12 stage. While Rohit Sharma was recently named as the new T20 International captain of India. Legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid has replaced Ravi Shastri as the head coach of Team India ahead of the New Zealand series.