Ravi Shastri commented on his successor Rahul Dravid, who will take over the squad after the tournament. On Monday, at the toss between India and Namibia in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 match, Shastri expressed his thoughts. Dravid was named the team’s new head coach earlier this week, while Shastri’s contract expires today.
Ravi Shastri said during the toss that when he took over the squad, he wanted to make a difference, and he believes he has done so. After five years as head coach, the 59-year-old coach praised the squad for conquering hurdles all over the world in the last five years under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. ‘They’ve got a person in Rahul Dravid who has inherited a terrific team, and I think with his experience, he can only raise the bar in time to come,’ Shastri said of his successor. There are still players here who will play for another three to four years, which is critical.
Kohli is still with the team, according to Shastri, who has done an outstanding job as captain. Shastri commended Kohli, describing him as “the greatest ambassador of Test cricket” and praising his opinions on how the squad should perform. The India against Namibia match will also be Kohli’s final T20I match as captain of Team India.
‘I feel psychologically fatigued, but I expect that at my age,’ Shastri said of his stint as India’s coach. We would have preferred a longer gap between the IPL and the World Cup because these guys are physically and mentally exhausted after six months in a bubble. It’s when the big games arrive and the pressure mounts that you’re not as focused as you should be. It’s also not an excuse. We accept defeat because we are not afraid of failure. Because you will lose a game if you strive to win. We didn’t strive to win because we lacked the X-factor.’ After failing to qualify for the playoffs, Kohli’s squad will play their final match of the T20 World Cup 2021.