Ravi Shastri said after the curtain fell on his four-year coaching of India Virat Kohli was one of the big ambassadors for the game, especially in red ball cricket. Fresh from seeing her team their IKR Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a nine-wicket victory over Namibia, the outgoing coach – who first joined the team as director in 2014 – praised his team’s all-conquering past despite a disappointing end to their time in the UAE.
When asked about the Indian team that have each other’s backs, Ravi Shastri Speaking at the virtual press conference on Monday: “We were actively working on it. We wanted to have confidence in that locker room. It’s the only way you can get each other’s backs. We needed communication. We did not want to point a finger at each other. We needed the word ‘I’ to be thrown in the bin and the word ‘us’ coming in. And we created a culture that had to be obeyed and followed. “
“With Virat leading the way, he was one of the great ambassadors for the matches, especially when you look at red ball cricket, as he embraced it. And that allowed other players on the team to follow suit. You must give credit where it is due. “
“So it’s a team culture that impressed the team to follow, and they followed it to the hip. They played fearless cricket around the world,” Shastri added.
Ravi Shastri also said that everything, including bilateral series and tournaments, is important to him. He said: “For me everything is important. If you play a big tournament, a big series, you play to win. So it did not happen this time, but it will happen another time for this team They are far too talented not to get anything going or soon to get their hands on something and a big trophy, just like they did twice in Australia.
“Now in England, the way they played white ball cricket in bilateral series. So somewhere in the line things have to go their way. The rubbing of the green has to go their way.”
New Zealand’s victory over Afghanistan on Sunday ensured the Black Caps’ progress and India’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals before Monday’s match against Namibia ended, but they remained determinedly professional in their performance against the Namibians.
The spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin each took three wickets to limit Namibia to 132 for eight before half-centuries of opening batsmen Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped their side to sail home, not just for Shastri with a win, but also for Virat Kohli in his last game. as T20I captain.