With the end of Team India’s journey in the T20 World Cup 2021, the years-long jugalbandi of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli also came to an end. As head coach, Shastri may have won the team any ICC trophy, but under his supervision, Team India made a lot of noise on foreign soil. The Indian team, led by Shastri, beat Australia twice in his own home, while also showing stars to teams like South Africa and England during the day. The match played against Namibia was the last match of Shastri’s tenure. After this match, the former head coach got a special gift from mentor MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.
While interacting with India Today, Shastri revealed that Dhoni gifted him his shirt in the last match, while Kohli and Rohit gifted their bats to the former head coach. Under the supervision of Ravi Shastri as head coach, Team India won 25 out of 43 Test matches, while in ODIs, the team won 51 out of 76 matches. Under the leadership of Shastri, the record of the heavy team in T20 was even stronger and the team hit the ground in 42 out of 64 matches. That is, by combining all three formats, the team won 118 out of 183 matches, while the team had to face defeat in 53.
Ravi Shastri said in response to the debate about the IPL first or the country, ‘Obviously. There is no question about it, if it was not for this, you would not have seen this kind of performance in the last five years. If your mind was not there while playing for the country, then who would be an idiot who would give more importance to franchise cricket than playing for the country. He is playing for India, you have a badge on your chest, you are being watched by crores of people around the world. You are very lucky to be among the eleven players in a country with such a population who are getting a chance to represent the country. So all this is a far cry and I have no time for whoever is saying this.’