‘It is a disappointment, not regret’ – Ravi Shastri on not winning an ICC Trophy in his tenure as head coach

Ravi Shastri’s time as the head coach of the Indian national men’s cricket team has been fantastic. However, one criticism levelled at him is that he did not win an ICC title during his tenure. Shastri has captained India in all three forms of ICC competitions since taking over the reins in 2017. After finishing first in the league phase, India was eliminated in the World Cup 2019 semi-final by New Zealand. They also won the World Test Championship for the 2019-21 cycle, but lost in the final to New Zealand earlier this year. Shastri’s reign came to an end with an early departure from the T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.

The former all-rounder, on the other hand, claims he has no regrets. Shastri discussed his time with the Indian team in an interview with Rajdeep Sardesai of India Today. He emphasised India’s two Test series victories in Australia (in 2018-19 and 2020-21), which were the first two occasions the country has won a Test series in Australia.

“When you’ve had a five-year trip like mine and the team’s, and they’ve been overachievers, there are no regrets. It has to be Australia for the highs; you can’t take that away. After over 70 years, back-to-back victories in Australia were unthinkable. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece. Ravi Shastri said, “Of course, leading the series in England.” India presently leads the Test series 2-1 in England and will have a chance to win the series in the summer of 2022 when they play the fifth Test.

India has struggled to win an ICC trophy despite having incredible success in bilateral series across forms all over the world. “It’s a disappointment rather than a regret. We could have won one or two tournaments if not both, but such things happen. Things change quickly in white-ball cricket. If you don’t get off to a good start, you could fall behind rapidly, as happened in this World Cup,” Shastri observed.

Shastri concluded by noting, “Steel is vital to me, and what the team under my leadership has done is inject steel.” He also stated that if somebody were to look across the world of cricket and ask which team is the finest, India would be one of the top contenders. Shastri’s coaching record is unrivalled in Indian cricket history in terms of win %.