18 months with the Indian team is the most cherished and memorable phase of my life: Ravi Shastri

Prince Singh / 27 May 2016

Ravi Shastri has called his 18-months stint with the Indian team as “most cherished and memorable phase” of his life. Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the team director ended after the recently concluded World T20.
“I have no doubt in my mind that these are the best 18 months that I have spent during my association with Indian cricket as a player and then as a Team Director. It has been the most memorable phase of my life if I just look back at what we achieved as a team during this phase. Credit to the boys for making it special,” Shastri said.
When asked whether he is contemplating to apply for the post of team India coach, Shastri said: “I will only apply for accreditation of the IPL final.”
Shastri had some memorable time with the team as India thrashed South Africa by 3-0 in the test series,blanked Australia 3-0 in the T20 series in Australia, then winning the Asia Cup followed by a semi-final finish in the World T20.India also won a historic test series in Sri Lanka.

“Yes, I have had success as a player. I fondly remember 1985 World Championship of Cricket, 1983 World Cup and proud of those but this phase as the Team Director was special. Look at some of the performances during this phase.

“We beat England in England in ODIs. (For the) first time a team whitewashed Australia in any format (3-0 in T20s) Down Under, winning a Test series in Sri Lanka after 22 years, beating South Africa in a Test series at home after a decade.

When you take over, you set the bar high but you do not know as to what all you can achieve,” Shastri said.
When asked to pick his favourite series win, he said: “That’s for you people to decide as I would not like to get into comparisons.”

One of the vital factor to make the tenure memorable for Shastri was Virat Kohli’s form. Commenting on Virat Kohli’s performance in the test series against Australia where Kohli hit four centuries, Shastri said: “Four centuries in four Tests in Australia. You can’t beat that. He has been brilliant in IPL. Four centuries and nearly 1000 runs in IPL is fantastic but nothing can beat four Test hundreds Down Under.”

“An international batsman’s peak time is between 28 and 32 and he is just going up. He will achieve much more as the peak is yet to come.”

The former India captain is also not ready to join the debate on whether Kohli should be the Indian captain in limited-overs cricket.

“Eventually, he will captain India across all formats. He is only 27 now so he has plenty of time.”

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