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India Have Been Propelled to New Highs After Ravi-Virat Relationship

When India completed their early T-20 World Cup campaign this year with a win over Namibia, a heavy-hearted Ravi Shastri stepped down the stairs and hugged captain Virat Kohli; it marks the end of his four-year tenure as a head coach. He may not have one ICC trophy to showcase his growth but the transition of this nation to a world beating unit in Test Cricket has been supremely driven by him.

When someone leaves a job; it depends on an individual of how he reports the person; whether it’s on the brand of Cricket that the man has played creating so much pleasant moments for his side or only how many ICC trophies does the human carries. For the latter part, Ravi will happily accept harsh words.

India Touching New Test Highs:

Head coach, Director of the team were just synonym jobs to him. “It’s the same thing, if someone wants to give another game, be my guest.” Said the Mumbai-kor in an interview. The most passionate person of the field specially someone who wants his nation to win not only at home but in overseas is Indian captain Virat Kohli and if there is one person who can challenge the passion, he is none other than Shastri himself.

When most of the Cricket boards were looking to cash in the shortest format in the game giving birth some new leagues, Virat-Ravi decided to have their full focus on Test matches, the pinnacle of all formats. The last four years have seen them getting top on the table. Their test series victory in the Caribbean and Sri-Lanka was just the first page of a fattest book.

Going to Australia, beating them was the bird’s eye for all the Asian brunches. When they won the series 2-1 in 2018-’19, there was a wind blowing of how weak that Aussie side was since the unavailability of Smith & Warner. Well, if only two players can take a country in sports to the sky high, then not sure what eleven guys in that golden period of them was doing.

Winning Two Test Series in Australia:

None the less, when they again arrived on the country, the tornedo had eased off with both of their players have come back, the odds were against the blue brigade; The humiliation in Adelaide and their best player, Kohli had flied back. India’s comeback in Melbourne, showing how strong the side has become in Sydney and ultimately breaking the fortress in Gabba- the side has reached to other highs beating the giants on two successful occasions.

The recent conclusion of leading in the side in England, beating them in a single session at Lord’s to follow up making a comeback in Oval after that heavy defeat in Leeds; Ravi has throughout the years inject some of his tough characters to the lads. I guess, in that interview, Gaurav Kapoor made the right name of Shastri’s biography; “Challenge Accepted.”

Apart from the short period of Anil Kumble, no other coach has that dominance with a win percentage of 58% and 46% in overseas. At home, India have won 12 of the 15 tests with a solitary defeat, winning all the six series in the period to sign off as runners-up in the Test Championship table after topping the points table.

The Shortest Format of The Game:

Most of the fans think he has done incredibly well only in the red ball format, although India registered series win in the shortest format of the game to all the countries he has toured- whether it’s Sri-Lanka, South Africa, Ireland, England, West Indies, New Zealand or Australia, the level is day by day raising sky high. If you remember well, he was the first one to field two wrist spinners for the side in an ODI and that too in just in his 5th One day. The pair took the bar to another level in winning ODI series overseas (NZ, AUS, SA).

“When I took this job, I said in my mind I want to make a difference and I think I have.” Reckons Shastri who would pass the baton to new coach Rahul Dravid for more success over the upcoming years with 3-ICC tournaments.  

The most satisfying and brightest part in my concern; Ravi was a shield cover for the boys to all the words roaming around in the social media. In his last press conference as the coach of the Indian time he revealed of having no problem of the banters about him. “Have a Drink on my name.” he expressed before the home test series against England.

A Person Who Loves Challenges:

I have seen this how easily and properly he does his job. In the same interview in Breakfast with Champion, he had demonstrated the fact that all the talks should be about what are you doing on the ground and the performance you are providing; it shouldn’t matter what you do off the field. “You are judged for what you do in the Cricket field and if you don’t perform, you will get kick up on your back side; as simple as that.”

Even leaving the job, he has pointed on one of the biggest parts of the recent game about how to manage players in bubble life what the BCCI should be care of. “Even if you are Bradman, sooner or later the bubble will burst.”

Well, this is how it ends. I guess having a little drink sitting in the drawing room, painting a pic of the last 48-months, he should be proud of what he has achieved for. Yeah, he would love to finish it with an ICC trophy, which in a way could be the cherry on the cake, but the list would be endless. Aged almost 60, he certainly has propelled Indian Cricket to new highs.

Let the Tracer Bullet shoot from the com box again. Fans are waiting!!!

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