T20 World Cup – Coach Ravi Shastri to Exit after World Cup
By Sarita Dey
on Wed Aug 11 2021
Ravi Shastri, the current head coach is all set to bid GOOD-BYE to the Indian cricket team after the World Cup. According to a report by The Indian Express. Shastri has already communicated the same to some of the top BCCI officials.
Ravi Shastri has informed some cricket board members. That he is planning to part ways with the national team after the tournament when his contract ends, it is learned.
Ravishankar Jayadritha Shastri is an Indian cricket coach, former commentator, cricketer, and current head coach of India’s national cricket team. As a player, he played for the India national cricket team between 1981 and 1992 in both Tests and ODIs.
Shastri first took over the team in 2014 as director till the T20 World Cup in 2016 after which Anil Kumble was appointed for a year. He was made the full-time coach in 2017 after India’s defeat in the Champions Trophy final. With Shastri as a coach, India won two away series in Australia before reaching the finals of the World Test Championship last month.
Good to be back at the @HomeOfCricket. Some very fond memories here… #TeamIndia 🙏🏻
Originally tweeted by Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) on August 10, 2021.
Team India’s backroom may soon undergo a total revamp, sources said. The cricket board has decided that a change is needed for the team to reach the next level. And emerge as world-beaters in all forms of the game.
Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar and batting coach Vikram Rathour are all set to move on after the T20 World Cup to be held across October-November in the UAE, The Indian Express has learned.
Arun was instrumental in making India’s bowling one of the most feared in the world while R Sridhar played a role in the evolution of the team as a sturdy fielding side.
They were near invulnerable, defeating Australia, England, and South Africa. During this period, India’s bench strength increased manifold as borne out by the staggering series win in Australia.
According to protocol, the board will invite applications for the coaching positions after the T20 World Cup. Some officials are already pointing to Rahul Dravid, the NCA chief and coach of India ‘A’ and U-19 sides. And the second-string international side performed impressively in Sri Lanka last month by winning the ODI series.
Dravid’s experience in working with most of the current senior team, especially those who had been India-A regulars, would make him one of the frontrunners if he decides to apply.
Asked about this option during the Lanka tour, Rahul said: “I have enjoyed the experience of working with these guys, it has been great. I have not given any other thoughts to anything else. There are a lot of challenges in doing full-time roles, so I really don’t know,” Rahul Dravid said.
Dravid’s contract with the NCA ends in September.