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Ravi Shastri thanks CAC for showing faith in him


India have re-appointed Ravi Shastri as their head coach for two more years. Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) made the announcement on Friday.

Ravi Shastri
Despite having a strong short-list for the head coach role, Ravi Shastri has been reappointed as the head coach of India, confirmed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

The Indian coach thanked the Kapil Dev-led CAC for having the faith in him to continue for two more years.

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“It’s a privilege and honour to be part of an Indian team set-up because the reason why I came in is that I had a belief in this team. I had a belief that they could leave a legacy which very few teams have left behind in years to come.”

“Not just for the moment they are playing, but at the end of it, the kind of legacy which other teams going down decades would want to try and emulate. So, that is the desire, we are on track. There is always room for improvement and with youth coming in through the ranks, I think it’s very exciting,” he added.

Despite the loss in the semi-final in the World Cup, Shastri was impressed with the way his team has started playing away from home.

“If you look at white-ball cricket, they have had the belief now that they can travel and beat sides. They have beaten every side in their own country. They have had some great moments in Test match cricket as well like winning the series in Australia, losing a close one in South Africa, but that was a learning curve.”

“I know we lost, the results will show, we lost badly in England, but we’ve got to learn from that. That also strengthens us, I kept saying that the scoreline really doesn’t tell the true story, but it is a scoreline, I will have to go by that, I will have to believe on how I can improve on that as a team and as a coach. I’m sure the players are thinking in the same fashion,” he concluded.

India have won 11 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 under Shastri.

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