Having finished his stint as the head coach of Team India on Monday, Ravi Shastri has now hinted at the possibility of returning to commentating, a role that was tailor-made for him.
Shastri’s tenure as the head coach came to a winning conclusion as the team managed to defeat Namibia quite comfortably in the T20 World Cup. He is now likely to go enter the broadcasting spectrum again as a commentator.
“Just the quality of cricket this team has played over the last five years across all formats. The performances are there for everyone to see. When you perform in that fashion where you go across the globe, across all formats, and beat teams, then you know you’re part of one great cricket team. I’m not saying a great cricket team India, I’m saying one of the great cricket teams in the history of the game.“
“I mean, if you look at — if you want the real highlights, nothing beats Australia. England, we’re up in the series. It will be the longest time we’ll be up in the series until next year. I might be commentating on that game for all you know, but I’ll keep that one area. It feels good,” Shastri said.
“We lacked the daring in the second game against New Zealand” – Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri went on to add that the Indian team was outplayed by New Zealand in a virtual do-or-die game last Sunday. They were restricted to 110 before the Kiwis ran it down without a fuss. That loss basically ended India’s hopes of making it to the semifinals barring a miracle.
“Let’s be honest, I’m not here to make any sort of excuses. We lacked the daring in the second game against New Zealand. I know the toss was important, and as you’ve seen in the last three games how important it is. And I do feel it will continue to be important though not as much now as the weather has cooled down a bit. But still, it’s something for the boys to learn. They’ll get an opportunity again next year. It’s not often you have World Cups in 12 months. So hopefully, they’ll go and kick some butt there,” Shastri added.
Under Ravi Shastri, the team has peaked in Test cricket, defeating Australia and England away from home. The only thing missing from the trophy cabinet during his tenure is an ICC trophy.