Partings are always difficult & it was one such day for the Indian cricket on Monday. The long standing partnership of Coach Ravi Shastri & Captain Virat Kohli ended as India played their last T20 World Cup match against Namibia. According to the available information – both Kohli & Shastri got little emotional as the journey ended. Both gave a small parting speech in the dressing room after the match ended, hugged each other and got little emotional
According to a source in the Indian team, Kohli & Shastri who most of the times stay very strong were overwhelmed by emotions during the parting speech.
The source informed InsideSport that Shastri thanked the captain for all his support. ‘It was a heck of a journey captain, Thank you for the ride’
Not only captain, but other members of the team were individually adressed by the coach as the mood turned little sombre.
Kohli ended his T20 Captaincy with a convincing win against Namibia. He too hailed the contribution of Ravi Shastri, who has been head coach since July 2017, and the likes of bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar.
“A big thank you to all those guys (Ravi Shastri and his support staff). They have done a great job over the years, creating such a wonderful environment for the players. It became an extended part of our family. For us, it was the same faces we saw, people loved to get back to the atmosphere. A big thank you from all of us to all of them for doing a great job,” said Kohli.
Together as one we set out to achieve our goal.Unfortunately we fell short and no one is more disappointed than us as a side.The support from all of you has been fantastic and we are grateful for it all.We will aim to come back stronger and put our best foot forward. Jai Hind🇮🇳🙏 pic.twitter.com/UMUQgInHrV
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) November 8, 2021
What India achieved under Kohli-Shastri Era?
- Border Gavaskar Trophy win (2018-19): Under the duo’s guidance, India scripted history by becoming the first Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series in their own backyard.
- Second successive Test series triumph in Australia (2020-21): Though Kohli was not around for the full duration of the tour, Shastri and his stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane guided the team admirably in the absence of the regular skipper, as India defeated Australia to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second successive time.
- World Test Championship final (2021): India made it to the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship under the captaincy of Kohli and Shastri’s guidance. However, Virat Kohli & Co. lost the final by eight wickets as New Zealand were crowned champions.
- ODI World Cup semi-final (2019): India were the best team in the group stages of the 2019 ICC World Cup and had topped the points table. However, the Men in Blue faced a heartbreaking defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final to bow out of the tournament
- India lead England in Test Series 2021: With the duo of Kohli and Shastri calling the shots, India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series against England earlier this year before the rubber was suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.
- Under Shastri’s watch, India won a T20I series in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia.* Shastri also oversaw a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2017, the first time they achieved such a feat.
- India beat West Indies in Caribbean: India also inflicted a whitewash on the West Indies in a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time.
- Potent Pace Attack: During their time, India formed a potent pace bowling unit that shone in all conditions and against the best in the world.
- 42 months at the top of Test ranking: Under coach Shastri and skipper Kohli, the Indian team became a force to reckon with in Test cricket, holding on to the number one ranking in the world for 42 months from 2016 to 2020.
- The two first got together in 2014 for a Test match at Adelaide after then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was banned from the game, paving the way for Kohli to lead the team.
- Dhoni led in the next two matches in Brisbane and Melbourne but after his sudden decision to retire from the traditional format, Kohli was made full-time captain of the Test team.
- Shastri became the director of the Indian cricket team in 2014 for a period of eight months from India’s tour of England till the 2015 World Cup.
- Shastri was removed in 2016 but on July 13, 2017, he was appointed the head coach of the Indian team, reuniting with Kohli to forge a cracking partnership