Former Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria believes that the outgoing head coach of the India National Cricket Team, Ravi Shastri deserves the respect for properly handling the team under pressure situations and boosting the morale of the players.
Notably, Head Coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar’s tenures ended after India’s last match in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Also, Virat Kohli stepped down from the T20I captaincy, and Rohit Sharma is expected to take over the captain’s role in the T20I cricket.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Kaneria said that Shastri should get the credit for building the strong Indian team during his stint as head coach. He asserted:
“Ravi Shastri should get credit for building this Indian team and for all those victories in various countries while coaching the side. Shastri needs to be respected for the manner in which he handled the team under pressure situations and boosted the morale of the players. The tour of England was difficult and, before that, the visit to Australia as well, where India won the series. He has built a very good team.”
Talking about the journey of Indian captain Kohli, Kaneria said that he failed to win the ICC trophy, and he will always regret it. He said:
“Virat Kohli has won many matches for India as captain but has failed to lift an ICC trophy yet again. He will regret this. Unfortunately, Kohli couldn’t rise up to the standard and expectation of the fans. His tenure as T20 captain has ended on the sorry side. Even he wanted to sign off as leader of the format with an ICC trophy. But it wasn’t to be.”
India Did Not Play Their Best Team In The Two Big Matches – Danish Kaneria
India National Cricket Team entered the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament as favourites to win the trophy, but they failed to make it to the semi-finals after losing the first two games against Pakistan and New Zealand.
Danish Kaneria feels that India didn’t play their best combination in the first two games of the tournament, and they should have played 3 spinners from the very first match. He elaborated:
“India played three spinners against Namibia in Dubai, the same venue where they faced Pakistan. Rahul Chahar played his first game. He did not pick up wickets but playing a wrist-spinner always makes a difference.
“Ashwin and Jadeja also played. Jadeja played against Pakistan but Ashwin was not there. Playing three spinners is India’s strength and India should have gone with three spinners from the start of the tournament. India have always benefited when they have played three spinners.”
“India did not play their best team in the two big matches. Hardik Pandya played all the matches but three spinners and two pacers would have been India’s ideal choice for this tournament.”
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