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The Indian cricket team is considered one of the best cricket teams in the world. There are so many great performances of the Indian cricket team in the history of cricket that is still fresh and alive among the cricket world. Many Indian players have contributed to the achievements of the national team but the credits also go to various coaches that have trained the team all these years. The team has undergone coaching through several legendary coaches such as Greg Chappell, Duncan Fletcher, Gary Kirsten, Anil Kumble. The current head coach of Team India is Mr. Ravi Shastri.
Ravi Shastri played for the Indian national team from 1981 to 1992. He had to retire at the age of 31 due to his repetitive knee injuries. Post his retirement, Ravi Shastri made his debut in TV commentary for World Masters Tournament in Mumbai in March 1995. The ICC 2011 World Cup Final is not only memorable because of the Indian victory but also because of the thrilling commentary of Ravi Shastri for the match.
During the period from August 2014 to April 2016, Ravi Shastri was appointed as the Team India Director by BCCI. During that tenure under Shastri, India was successful to reach the semi-finals of the main global events such as the 2015 World Cup and 2016 T20 World Cup. The Indian team also reclaimed its No 1 rank in Test cricket for eight weeks until Australia retook it in February 2016. During his period in January 2016, India also won its first limited-overs series in Australia by defeating the hosts 3-0 in a T-20 format.
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In 2017, Ravi Shastri was again appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian team and is continuing to guide the players through different matches. Under the guidance of Shastri, the Indian team was able to qualify for the ICC 2019 World Cup semi- final against New Zealand. Even though there are victories of the national team in the limited-overs format, the team has the greatest number of wins in the longest format of the game i.e test cricket under Shastri. This can be proved by India’s recent historic triumph against Australia. India won the Border-Gavaskar trophy by 2-1 in December 2020. During this test series, most of the senior and experienced players were unavailable but Shastri was successful to constitute a team with youngsters and brought the best out of them which resulted in the team victory in the series which was praised and lauded by all the fans and experts in the world. India also reached the finals of the first edition of the ICC World Test Championship which was held in Southampton from 18 June 2021. Even though India finished as runner-up, it was the first time that India reached the final of an ICC event under Shastri as the coach. Out of 46 test matches played under him, India has been able to win 28 matches and the win percentage is 60.87. These figures make the former Indian all-rounder the most successful coach. While in ODIs India have played 91 matches under Shastri out of which 57 turned out to be victorious and the win percentage in that format is 62.64
Ravi Shastri has had a roller-coaster ride with the national team. However, some reports suggest that Ravi Shastri is all set to resign as the head coach of the national team and will end his contract with BCCI after the upcoming T20 World Cup which will be held in October 2021 in the United Arab Emirates. Even though there are some controversies of Shastri around the team it cannot be denied that the success of the national team under Shastri is quite commendable especially in test cricket. He has always brought out a bunch of talents and has been successful to develop the ‘never give up’ attitude among his team members which we can see on the cricket field. Hence it has now become more important for the Indian team to win the upcoming T20 World Cup which will also be the best goodbye gift for Shastri. There is also a buzz around Rahul Dravid being the replacement for Ravi Shastri as the next head coach of team India. Dravid was the coach for team India during the T20 series against Sri Lanka which was held in July 2021. As Dravid is an experienced coach he is a suitable candidate for the head coach of India. What do you think?