Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri hinted at the possibility of taking up the coaching role of an IPL franchise if the offer comes his way sometime in the near future.
Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of India came to an end with the conclusion of the T20 World Cup. Following his departure, former batsman, Rahul Dravid, was appointed as the new coach, and his first series was a successful one, with the team blanking New Zealand by a 3-0 margin last night.
With the addition of two new IPL teams from the next season onwards, more coaching jobs are offered. Although Shastri said he will be taking a break, for now, he will not deny an IPL role if it comes his way.
“Next, there is plenty. I will take a break and there is plenty in the sporting space that can be done. It is a great game, it is evolving, the space around the game — the media and digital space are evolving. At this moment, my fingers are pointing in five different directions,” Shastri said in an interview with The New Indian Express on Sunday.
For the moment, it is time to take a break and enjoy the free time – Ravi Shastri
Having been the head coach for almost four years, Ravi Shastri took the Indian team to new heights in the longest format. The most famous win under him will be the victory at the Gabba at the beginning of the year against the fancied Aussies. Now that the journey has come to an end with the national team, Shastri feels it’s time to relax and think about the future later.
“I would definitely be part of coaching, at grassroots levels and there is no question about it. Who knows if you get an opportunity in the IPL in the future, then I would definitely not say no to that. Of course, television will always be there. For the moment, it is time to take a break, relax, reflect and enjoy the free time,” Shastri added.
India was No.1 in Tests for 42 months during Shastri’s tenure. They also won the ICC mace a record five times.