Archive photo of Ravi Shastri from his time as India’s head coach.© AFP
Former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri ended a quite successful coaching stint with the Indian men’s cricket team after the 2021 T20 World Cup last year. Shastri, who developed a close relationship with then captain Virat Kohli, oversaw two memorable Test Series wins Down Under – the only two times India has won a series against Australia in Australia in the longest format. He also coached them to a 2-1 Test series lead in England, although the series ended in a draw after the 5th Test – which was rescheduled for the end of Shastri’s tenure – saw England go on a historic chase.
All of this, of course, comes on top of several bilateral series wins in limited overs cricket.
Shastri has since returned to the commentary field and is currently the match commissioner for the ongoing second season of the Legends League Cricket tournament to be played in India.
But is a return to coaching on the cards for the flamboyant Shastri?
“Mera coaching ka hisaab khatam ho gaya (My time with coaching is over). Saat saal jitna karna tha, main kar liya (I did what I had to do for seven years),” he told Sports Today.
“When I do something, I only do it at the real grassroots level, for which I have a company that does it. I will participate in that. Otherwise my time as a coach is at an end,” he said.
“Now I’m going to watch the game from a distance and enjoy it,” he concluded.
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