Kiran More was in awe of Team India head coach Ravi Shastri. He recalled how the 59-year-old has always been a ‘winner’ and a ‘fighter’ since his playing days. Shastri took over Team India’s coaching role under controversial circumstances after Anil Kumble had to step down in 2017.
However, India are yet to win a major ICC Trophy under him. They have a chance to change that soon when they take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Speaking during an interview with Rediff.com, More opined on the positive impact Shastri has had on the Indian team.
“Shastri reads the game very well. He has always been a fighter; even in his playing days he never used to give up. He had this attitude that he always wanted to be a winner, he wanted to score hundreds, take five wickets and take his team to victory,” he said.
“The Indian team played out of their skin to win the series in Australia and coach Ravi Shastri also deserves a lot of credit. He has moulded the team into world-beaters, so Shastri and the rest of the support staff have done a very good job,” he added.
Shastri’s contract expires after the ICC T20 World Cup on home soil later this year. However, he could remain as the head coach of Team India till 2023, with the BCCI offering him an extension.
After appointing New Zealand’s John Wright as head coach, India haven’t had too many Indian coaches at the helm. But Kiran More is delighted that Ravi Shastri has managed to change the perception that only foreign coaches can bring some success.
“I am particularly happy that an Indian has done such a superb job as the coach because people always talk about foreign coaches, but Shastri has dashed all those views,” More concluded.