Watch: Ravi Shastri’s ‘moving speech’ after last game as Indian team coach
Ravi Shastri last coached India as the team played their final T20 World Cup game, failing to advance to the semi-finals. As Shastri’s five-year tenure ended with a whimper, the team soared to great heights under his leadership, especially in the test arena. India’s last T20 World Cup in 2021 was against the Namibian minnows, which they won at a gallop. After the victory, Shastri addressed the players in the locker room, a clip the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared on his Twitter account.
“As a team you exceeded my expectations with the way you played. Over the past few years traveling the world, in all formats and beating everyone, makes you one of the great teams that have played the game, ”Shastri told Indian players.
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Not to be missed: a touching speech to be signed as #TeamIndia The Head Coach
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– BCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2021
India entered the T20 World Cup as one of the favorites, but got off to a slow start. They were completely dominated in their first game of the tournament by their big rivals Pakistan, which was followed by another loss to New Zealand.
This immediately put India on its back, leaving them to chase the table tops.
Along with Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, the other teams in Group 2, India had to rely on the others to help them out, but there was none. Pakistan eliminated all of their opponents in Group 2 with relative ease, while New Zealand did enough to advance to the semi-finals as well.
India did exceptionally well in staying alive in the tournament, beating Scotland and Afghanistan, but it still wasn’t enough. New Zealand’s victory over Afghanistan proved to be the final nail in the coffin, making India’s match against Namibia a matchless match.
Nonetheless, India put in another professional performance, beating their opponents by nine wickets in Shastri’s last game as Indian team coach and Virat Kohli’s last game as Indian team captain. T20I.
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