Ravi Shastri has completed his tenure as the Indian coach with the T20 world cup campaign. According to him, Rohit Sharma is capable and ready to take on the T20 captaincy from Virat Kohli, and that it’s good to share the burden of leadership, especially in a post-pandemic world.
Shastri heaped praises on Rohit Sharma, citing his 5 times winning record in IPL for the Mumbai Indians franchise. There are rumors in the cricketing fraternity that the baton for even the ODI captaincy is likely to be passed onto Rohit Sharma very soon.
India ended its disastrous World Cup campaign on a high note by thrashing the opponents in their last three matches. Shastri, under whom India was unable to win any ICC tournament, was proud of the team and highlighted the performances of the team in the last five years, the main of which were back to back wins in Australia, the first in 2018 and the second in 2021 with a depleted side.
According to him, multiple captains are a good thing in cricket nowadays given the amount of game that is being played these days. The players can be rotated and can get time to see their friends and family which has become hard in bio- bubble life.
Ravi Shastri strongly believes that despite the lackluster from Team India in this world cup campaign, the team is very strong and will continue to be in the future.
Lack of bowling option did hurt
Shastri hinted that the lack of bowling options hurt the team as Hardik Pandya was not fully fit to bowl. He cited that Team India always had a helping hand in the bowling department in the past and that is something that the team is missing now. Even if there are a few who can share four overs between them, it certainly helps.
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Gap should have been more between IPL and World Cup
Shastri did say that had there been a bigger gap between IPL and World Cup, it would have helped the team. The schedule (for the IPL) was fixed and the administrators of Cricket around the world will also be looking to make sure that the players are fresh before a big tournament like the World Cup.
He admitted to feeling a bit emotional after being a part of the team for nearly eight years. When asked if he feels anything is missing, he pointed out that there were 10 things missing when he took over, but now, there are only two.