Ravi Shastri’s tenure as India’s head coach will go down as one of the best, if not the best, in the history of Indian cricket. For this, he ensured that India won the Test series twice in Australia. Pushed England in England and guided them to the last-four in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Shastri also had a great influence on the Indian team, where he formed solid chemistry with former captain Virat Kohli. Perhaps that is why Kohli listened to him when he was asked to take some rest in the midst of a severe drought earlier this year.
Still, Shastri had his detractors, such as this former Pakistan captain who blamed him for Kohli’s poor form.
When asked about his reaction to Shastri’s advice to Virat Kohli on YouTube channel ‘Caught Behind’, Latif said, “It is because of him (Ravi Shastri).”
He also said that the broadcast people had no professional coaching. Shastri, who was a popular commentator, was named the head coach of the Indian team after the Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble collapse, which escalated after their loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy. The arrival of Shastri saw the team punch above its weight in South Africa, England and Australia.
“In 2019, you sidelined a player like Kumble and Ravi Shastri came. Whether he had recognition or not, I do not know. He was a broadcaster. There was no coaching business. Barring Virat Kohli, I am sure there must have been others who would have played a role in bringing in Shastri. But now it’s backfire, isn’t it? Had he (Shastri) not become the coach, he (Kohli) would not have been out.
Ravi Shastri was the director of the Indian cricket team for a period of two years starting in 2014. Shastri was then appointed as the head coach of the team in 2017. Even though the Indian team could not win the ICC trophy, while Shastri was. At the top, the team achieved great success in all formats of the game.
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