Kapil Dev, BCCI
Kapil Dev, BCCI

Kapil Dev, the former India captain, has shared a report card, summing up the Indian cricket team’s performance during the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri era. Skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had worked together as captain and coach since 2017 for four years, during which Indian cricket achieved phenomenal success.

However, their stint ended on a disappointing note, with India getting knocked out of the 2021 T20I World Cup, failing to qualify for the semifinals for the first time in eight ICC events.
Coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli --- PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)
Coach Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli — PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)

Kapil Dev Admits The Big Thing Lacking From Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri Era  Is An ICC Trophy

Kapil Dev stressed that although the team has done a superb job, changing the way Indian cricket is looked at, the absence of an ICC title is what will make Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli’s tenure incomplete. Weighing in on India’s performance at the recently concluded T20I World Cup, Kapil Dev mentioned how this was the first time since the 2007 50-over World Cup, that India returned with a poor show.

“I think both have done a super job. I understand that they could not win India a major trophy but if we look at the last five years, since Kohli took over, there has been nothing lacking. The big thing lacking is an ICC trophy. Apart from that, India has won in Australia, England… wherever they have traveled, they have beaten the other team,” Kapil said in an interview.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)
Former India skipper Kapil Dev (Photo | PTI)

“Reaching the World Cup knockouts is also a huge deal. I think after the 2007 World Cup in West Indies, this T20 World Cup is where it felt that India was disappointing. Had they reached the top 4 and then lost, it is understandable. But if you don’t reach the top 4, there will be criticism.”

The Indian cricket team’s failure to reach the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-finals was confirmed when Kane Williamson-led New Zealand defeated Afghanistan and secured the only remaining semis spot from the group.

Virat Kohli and Team India ended the tournament on a high in Virat Kohli’s last match as captain of the side in the T20 format. The match against Namibia was also Ravi Shastri’s last as the head coach of Team India, with Rahul Dravid taking over after the end of the tournament.

Kapil Dev Would Deduct 10 Marks For Not Winning An ICC Trophy, But Will Give The Indian Team Under Ravi Shastri-Virat Kohli 90 Marks

Kapil Dev said that due to the lack of an ICC title, he would deduct 10 percent marks out of 100, but nothing more given the fact that India has played some fabulous cricket, winning the Asia Cup, reaching the final of the inaugural World Test Championship and finishing semi-finalists in the 2019 World Cup.

“If you look at it from a trophy point of view, that’s a different thing altogether. But if you look at their cricket, the brand they have played in the last five years, I would give them 90 percent marks out of 100, and deduct 10 percent marks for not winning an ICC Trophy,” added Kapil Dev.

India National Cricket Team.
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

India made the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship final. However, Virat Kohli and Co lost the one-off title clash by eight wickets as New Zealand were crowned champions. The performances, not just at home but away as well, saw India hold on to the number one ranking in the world for 42 months from 2016 to 2020.

India also reached the ODI World Cup semi-final in 2019. They looked like strong favourites at the end of the group stage and had even topped the points table. However, the Men in Blue faced a heartbreaking defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final to bow out of the tournament.

Ravi Shastri had initially become the director of the Indian cricket team in 2014 for a period of eight months from India’s tour of England till the 2015 World Cup, alongside Duncan Fletcher. He then had sole responsibility till 2016, and the 2016 World T20 saw India reach the semifinals again.

Ravi Shastri was removed in 2016 when Anil Kumble took over, but on July 13, 2017, he was appointed the head coach of the Indian team officially, reuniting with Virat Kohli to forge a vibrant partnership.

Ravi Shastri (as head coach since July 2017):

Tests: 43 matches, 25 wins
ODIs: 76 matches, 51 wins
T20Is: 65 matches, 42 wins