Failing to win an ICC event might remain as a thorn in head coach Ravi Shastri’s mind: Aakash Chopra

Former India opener Aakash Chopra believes that the fact that India did not win a single ICC championship under Ravi Shastri’s reign would be detrimental to him. Shastri will be replaced at the head by Rahul Dravid, who has stated that the 2021 T20 World Cup will be his final assignment with the squad. India has been formally eliminated from the competition and will play Namibia in a dead-rubber match on November 8, which will also be Virat Kohli’s final game as India’s T20I captain, who had announced his intention to step down after the tournament. Chopra added that during Shastri’s term as India coach, the team fared exceptionally well in bilateral assignments but struggled at major championships.

“Ravi Shastri will no longer be regarded as India’s coach. You could have won at least one of the three trophies, whether it was the 2019 World Cup, the ICC Mace, or this World Cup, whether you talk about World Cups or ICC events. If you play three World Cups and don’t win one of them, and you don’t even qualify for one, it may be a thorn in his [Shastri’s] side for the rest of your life.”

“In white-ball cricket, I believe India could have done better. Whether it was ODIs or T20Is, we consistently won bilateral series. However, one legacy Ravi Shastri did not leave behind was that the team did not switch to a new style of cricket,” he continued. Chopra, on the other hand, praised Shastri for assembling a fantastic Test team, noting that India had a lot of success in the longest format of the game under his leadership, including back-to-back series victory in Australia.

“He put up an excellent Test team. No one had ever beaten Australia twice before the Indian squad went to Australia. In England, we did well. We should have won in South Africa [India lost 2-1 in 2018], and we could have won if we had done slightly better selection. I believe that if we go there under Rahul Dravid’s leadership, we would win. It won’t be simple, since their team has improved. We were unable to defeat New Zealand [losing 2-0 in 2020].”