In his initial interview after stepping down as India’s head coach, Shastri speaks to Boria Majumdar relating to the succeeding series wins in Australia, not winning an independent agency trophy, Rahul Dravid, and much more. Ravi Shastri was flooded with messages, he had a pile of them and was going through them till late at midnight. However, he seemed calmed but overwhelmed with the response. From all over the world he was receiving messages and even the people who hurt him wanted to be kind to him. Looking back at his tenure he is extremely satisfied with his work. He states,” Absolutely. Yes, I’d like additional tableware for the cupboard, however, I used to be here less for the tableware and additional for the steel. This is what I have accomplished and this team will always be one of the best teams in the sport.”
He also stated that the parameter isn’t merely Indian cricket. Rather, the comparison is with any team that has contended the game across the planet. In any approach, this seems like a pretty good team. As a coach, he is elated. He also states his views on the performance of the team in red-ball cricket and the two series win, Australia and in England. He feels that he will not trade the 2 series wins in Australia for any tableware. He says to the interviewer brazenly — that those 2 series wins meant everything to him as a coach. With many of their key players out bruised, the team showed their skills and made him proud. He feels Indian cricket is all about Steel. and that day the team exceeded his expectations. During the England test match, they once more proved their skills and played amazing cricket. As an example the win at Lord’s.
In fifty overs they bowled them out. He would have loved to win the ICC trophy and feels he could win additional trophies when he has a team like this. However, cricket is also about building and growing the team and making them into a unit of steel. And that’s why he doesn’t have any regrets. The interviewer asks about Ravi Shastri’s view on Bharat Arun who was a bowling coach and R Sridhar who was a fielding coach also moving on from their jobs to which Ravi says that Bharat and R Sridhar are one of his closest friends and are like brothers to him. He praises Bharat’s relationship with the team saying he had an unequivocal relationship with the team. He also acknowledged his knowledge of the game and the understanding of the team as he has nurtured them since the beginning, his understanding of sports science and biomechanics is impeccable. He appreciated all the hard work done by him for this team. For Sridhar, he says that he is the best fielding coach he has met in the world. It would not have mattered if the team had scored 450 or were bowled at 36 his intensity never decreased. The approach he has formed this team with is simply prodigious. He includes a nice future wherever he is headed to.