India coach hopes for perfect send-off

18 September 2021 23:55:05 GMTPlus11
Shastri satisfied with India achievements

India coach Ravi Shastri is targeting success at the Twenty20 World Cup before stepping down from his role after four years in the job.

India are 3.50 to be crowned T20 champions by winning next month's tournament in the UAE and Oman but 5.00 England, 7.50 Australia and 7.00 holders West Indies are rated as their biggest rivals for the title.

New era

There will be a changing of the guard for the Indian Twenty20 side after the World Cup as Virat Kohli this week announced his intention to give up the captaincy.

Kohli will continue to play Twenty20 internationals and captain the Test and ODI sides but Rohit Sharma, who has enjoyed huge success leading Mumbai Indians in the IPL, is tipped to succeed him as T20 skipper.

Shastri's side have enjoyed a memorable 12 months in Test cricket, claiming a 2-1 series win in Australia despite suffering a raft of injuries and being bowled out for 36 in the first Test.

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They thrashed England 3-1 at home earlier this year and established a 2-1 lead after four matches of the return series, recording impressive victories at Lord's and The Oval.

Right time

Asked if he felt it was the right time to step down, Shastri told The Guardian: "I believe so because I've achieved all I wanted. If we win the World Cup that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more.

"I believe one thing – never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I've overachieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket."

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