India’s run in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 came to an end after a nine-wicket win against Namibia on Monday.
India finished the Super 12 stage on third place with six points in Group 2 below Pakistan and New Zealand, who defeated them in their first two games.
Would like to thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity: Ravi Shastri
It was the last match for Virat Kohli as the captain of India’s T20I team, and it also marked the end of Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the team.
Shastri thanked the Indian board and the players for supporting him during his four years of tenure as the Indian team’s head coach.
“I think it’s been one helluva of a journey for me, personally. I know it is my last day in the dressing room; I just spoke to the boys, but I would like to thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity, believing that I could do the job, and I wish the coach coming after me all the luck,” Shastri said at the post-match press conference.
“I must thank in this also, all the committees, that were there in picking me as the coach, including Vinod Rai and his team for some time, the COA, I would like to thank all of them because, they were all part of the journey,” he added.
Ravi Shastri gives a special thanks to N Srinivasan
Shastri made a special mention for former BCCI president N Srinivasan, who had appointed Shastri as the Team Director in 2014.
“One man I would like to give special mention – – his name is N Srinivasan. He was the man who insisted that I do this job in 2014. In fact, I didn’t have the belief (that) I could do this job. He seemed to have more belief in my ability than I had,” Shastri mentioned.
“And I hope, I haven’t let him down, so if Sir (Srinivasan), you are listening, I got the opportunity, and I did my work without any agenda,” he added.
Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid is appointed as the new head coach of the Indian team, and he will take charge in the upcoming bilateral series against New Zealand at home.
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