WATCH: “You guys have over-exceeded my expectations” – Ravi Shastri signs off as team India head coach with a power-packed speech

Apart from Ravi Shastri, the tenures of bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar also came to an end.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri concluded his tenure as team India head coach with a “stirring speech” in the dressing room after Virat Kohli and Co beat Namibia on Monday. Shastri’s run came to an end after the ‘Men in Blue’ suffered an early exit from the ongoing 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.

The former India cricketer undoubtedly took the national side to great heights during his stint as a full-time coach since 2017. The Asian Giants won plenty of overseas Test matches, including the historic series victories in Australia (twice) and England.

In a recent video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Ravi Shastri lauded the current members of the Indian team while calling them one of the best teams to have played the game.

“You guys as a team have over-exceeded my expectations with the way you have played. Over the last few years, you go across the globe, across all formats, and beaten everyone makes you one of the great teams that have played the game,” Ravi Shastri stated.

Here’s the full video of Ravi Shastri’s speech:

“Not a great Indian cricket team, this will go down as one of the great teams that have played the game over the last 5-6 years. Because the results are there to be seen. Yes, we didn’t have a great tournament, we could have won 1-2 ICC tournaments that didn’t happen but that is sports, you will get another chance. You will be wiser and more experienced when the next opportunity comes,” he added.

“Most important thing in life is not about what you accomplish” – Shastri

Virat Kohli Ravi Shastri
The duo of Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli took Indian cricket to new heights

The cricketer-turned-commentator-turned-coach further talked about the resilient character that the team has shown in the last few years.

For me, the most important thing in life is not about what you accomplish, it is what you overcome. So what you have gone through in the last two years will covid, the hurdles that come on the way, the write-offs that happen, everything and you go through all that and become stronger in the mind and tougher and ready to play the game at the highest level and compete and that is the best thing I like about this Indian cricket team,” the 59-year-old concluded his motivational talk.

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