London, September 18: Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri hinted that he would likely retire from the hot seat after the ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman when he said: “I believe in one thing – never go beyond your welcome “. Shastri, who has come under fire for launching his new book in London and spreading the Covid-19 virus among support staff two days before the fourth test at the Oval, said on Saturday: ‘I believe it because I achieved everything I wanted “, when asked if the ICC T20 World Cup would be his last outing with Team India as head coach.
“Five years as a No.1 (in the cricket test), to win twice in Australia, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said, ‘For me, that’s is the ultimate – beat Australia in Australia and win in England during the Covid era. We are leading England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special, “Shastri told The Guardian. Anil Kumble can return as coach of the Indian team after the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup.
“We have also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white ball cricket. If we win the World Cup (T20) it will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more. I believe one thing – never go beyond your welcome. And I would say, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I exceeded expectations. Beat Australia away and lead the series to England in one. Covid year? This is the most satisfying time in my four decades of cricket, “Shastri said.
Days after the book launch function, where no mask was worn, Shastri had tested Covid-positive and isolated himself with four of his support staff. And when assistant physio Yogesh Parmar also tested positive, the players became anxious and eventually the fifth and final test in Manchester had to be canceled.
“It was funny because during my 10 days I had no symptoms other than a little sore throat. I never had a temperature and my oxygen level was 99% all the time. took no medication for 10 days of my isolation, not a single paracetamol. I tell the guys, “Once you get a double shot, that’s one hell of a 10 day flu. That’s it, ”Shastri said.
If he discussed the emerging situation with the players, Shastri replied, “No. I didn’t know who had it (Covid-19). I didn’t know (the physio) suddenly had it and tested positive. He physically treated five or six players. I think that’s where the problem started. We knew the incubation period meant someone could get it in the middle (of the Test) . A lot of the players had their families there. So it became a situation where you don’t know what that player is thinking about. He has a young kid, you know, he must be thinking about them. It was a little, I would say, susceptible. “
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