• 'Never Overstay Your Welcome': Ravi Shastri Hints At Stepping Down As Team India Head Coach

    Shastri’s hint comes days after Virat Kohli announced that he would no longer continue as India’s T20 captain after the ICC event.
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    Team India's head coach Ravi Shastri is likely to step down from his role after the T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman in October-November this year in November.

    Shastri’s hint comes days after Virat Kohli announced that he would no longer continue as India’s T20 captain after the ICC event.

    In an interview with ‘The Guardian’, when asked whether the upcoming T20 World Cup would be his last assignment as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, he said, "I believe one thing – never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I've over-achieved.”

    "I believe so because I've achieved all I wanted. Five years as No 1 [in Test cricket], to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: 'For me, this is the ultimate – to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.' We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” Shastri said on being asked about the right time for him to leave.

    He further added, "We've also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the [T20] World Cup that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a Covid year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket.”

    Shastri replaced Anil Kumble in mid-2017 and during his tenure, he has overseen two-Test series victories in Australia, although the side crashed out in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup in England.

    Meanwhile, BCCI is thinking of approaching former captain Anil Kumble and batsman VVS Laxman for the head coach's position after Shastri's contract ends at the completion of the T20 World Cup, as per reports. 

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