Ravi Shastri praises India as one of the "greatest teams" in cricket | Cricket news
Outgoing Indian head coach Ravi Shastri said Monday the split captain will work for what he calls "one of the greatest" teams in cricket history. The already eliminated India defeated Namibia in the last game of the Twenty20 World Cup in Dubai in Virat Kohli's last game as captain in the shortest format.
However, Shastri believes a world title is not far from the side that will have a new T20 captain and Rahul Dravid as coach. "You have to have a bunch of players who are fit, hungry and fearless, have the quality, have the faith and then stay fit so that you can play together and travel the world and perform everywhere for those five years."
"We lacked the courage in the second game against New Zealand. But the boys still have to learn. They will get another chance next year," said Shastri of the T20 World Cup in Australia next year. "I think it's not that bad because of the bubble and because of the amount of cricket that is being played," Shastri said.
He added, “I think in Rohit you have a very capable guy. He has won so many IPLs. He is the vice-captain of this team. He's waiting in the starting blocks to take on this job. The Indian Premier League was blamed for player fatigue as the tournament, which was played in the United Arab Emirates, ended two days before the T20 World Cup.
"When you're in a bubble for six months, there are a lot of players on this team on this team who play all three formats of the game. In the last 24 months they've been home for 25 days," Shastri said on the relentless cricket calendar . "The cricket route is so busy you can only do one thing at a time. At least they played some T20 cricket in the IPL. I just wish the gap was a little bigger.".