Watch – Virat gives Shastri a warm hug after the latter’s last match with India
Ravi Shastri was appointed as Team India’s head coach in 2017 after Anil Kumble refused to continue with Team India after his spat with Virat Kohli. Since then, India have won a lot of matches in international cricket.
Shastri’s last tournament as a coach was not a memorable one as India made an exit from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the Super 12 stage.
The Men in Blue won three consecutive matches but the wins were not enough after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand in the first two games of the tournament.
After the game, Kohli was seen giving Shastri a warm hug, showing his love and respect for the departing coach.
Meanwhile, Virat talked about his journey as a skipper in T20Is.
“Relief firstly (emotions). As I said it’s been an honour, but things have to be kept in the right perspective. This was the right time for me to manage my workload. It’s been six-seven years of intense cricket every time we take the field and it takes a lot out of you.
“It’s been great fun; great bunch of guys and we’ve really performed well as a team. I know we have not gone far in this World Cup, but we have had some good results in T20,” Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.
Shastri, on the other hand, thanked former BCCI president N Srinivasan for believing in him.
“There’s one man I would want to give special mention to. His name is N Srinivasan. He was the man who insisted that I do this job in 2014. In fact, I didn’t have the belief that I could do this job and he seemed to have more belief in my abilities than I had, and I hope I haven’t let him down,” Shastri said.
End Of An Era,The Virat-Shastri Era👍 pic.twitter.com/8lzjdG33kf
— Subodh Dwivedi (@SubodhDwivedi12) November 8, 2021