Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian cricket team ended last month after the completion of India’s campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021. The legacy that Ravi Shastri has left behind is unforgettable. Under his guidance, team India achieved numerous milestones and reached new heights, playing in the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final arguably being the highlight.
However, the road to success wasn’t so smooth as Shastri went through his shares of ups and downs during his tenure with Virat Kohli-led team India.
The Indian cricket team achieved phenomenal success during the tenure of Kohli-Shastri, who had joined forces back in 2017. Though, the team achieved several milestones, but one significant box remained unchecked as this duo failed to win an ICC trophy. There were times when the team received criticism from all corners, however, Shastri and the team didn’t let all the noise from outside affect their game.
Recently, in an interview with the Times of India, the former head coach revealed how there was a lot of negativity around. He also revealed that there were several people around him who wanted team India to fail, but the more such people got ‘jealous’, the better Shastri and the team performed. He said:
“Yes. They didn’t want to give me Bharat Arun either as the bowling coach. And looking at how things pan out – the very guy they didn’t want as the bowling coach went on to become the finest this country has ever had.”
“And I’m not pointing any fingers at people in general. Specific people. I must say an attempt was made to ensure I don’t get the job. But such is life,”
Under the guidance of Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun, team India developed one of the most lethal and sensational pace attacks in the world with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma in the squad.
Earlier, Shastri has stated that there was a time when he started feeling that he wasn’t the right man for the job. He had said:
“In many ways, I thought, I was a mistake doing this job because I wasn’t cut out to do this. It was destiny. Indian cricket was not in good shape again after back-to-back overseas losses between 2012 and 2014. They were languishing back of the table across formats,”