Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has said that the legendary batter Rahul Dravid was the best person to take over the role of the head coach of the Indian team after his exit.
Ravi Shastri’s tenure as a head coach of Team India ended after the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Rahul Dravid was appointed as India’s new head coach. Under Shastri’s tenure, India became a dominant force in world cricket across formats, but unfortunately, they were unable to win any major ICC tournament.
Meanwhile, Shastri said that he was busy with his commentary duties and he got the job of the head coach by mistake. He added that the legendary batter Dravid had done the hard yards before taking over the head coach role.
“No better person to take over after me than Rahul. I got the job by mistake. I was in the commentary box and I was asked to go there and I did my bit. But Rahul is a guy who has come through the system and done the hard yards. He’s been coach of the U-19 team and then he has taken over the Indian team and I think he will enjoy it, once the team starts responding to what he says,” Shastri was quoted as saying by India Today.
The last thing I was worried about was the media – Ravi Shastri
Former India head coach Shastri further said that the last thing he was worried about during his tenure as a head coach of the Indian team was the media.
“The last thing I was worried about was media. If the boys performed, the media will react the way you want. If you don’t do well, they have a right to smash you and if you do well, you will get the accolades,” he said.
Shastri further talked about Team India not being considered a good touring side by the media.
“Our job was very simple, what the media did not like about Indian cricket. The fact was that we were bullies at home and we didn’t play great cricket when we were overseas. So the job for me with the team was to prove them wrong. So, how are you going to do it? You sit with the team, you sit with Virat and say that we are going to take 20 wickets. As simple as that, take the pitch out of the equation,” he further added on the matter.
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