World Cup semi-final defeat my biggest disappointment in last 2 years: Ravi Shastri

first_imgWorld Cup semi-final defeat my biggest disappointment in last 2 years: Ravi ShastriRavi Shastri, who has been reappointed as Team India head coach, also said his primary focus will be on the World Test Championships and the 2 T20 World Cups in the next 2 years of his stint.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 11:09 IST Ravi Shastri will continue as head coach of Team India till November 2021 (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSWe were right there and then it all slipped away: Ravi Shastri on World Cup exitIndia failed to chase 240 in the semi-final vs New ZealandShastri said focus will be on World Test Championships and T20 World Cups in next 2 yearsIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has conceded that the semi-final defeat to New Zealand at World Cup 2019 was the biggest disappointment of his coaching stint in the last 2 years.India had entered World Cup 2019 as pre-tournament favourites. Virat Kohli’s team had all the ingredients to end India’s 8-year-long title drought and expectations hit the roof when India started the tournament in a dominant fashion.The quadrennial tournament was also looked at as an important test for Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri combination. Captain Kohli had established a close working relationship with Shastri and the duo were able to produce some outstanding results over the last 2 years. While a historic Test series win in Australia was the highlight, Team India’s performances on the road improved drastically.India topped the group-stage table at World Cup 2019 after only one loss to England. However, India crashed out after failing to chase a 240-run target in a rain-affected semi-final in Manchester. The top-order was blown away by New Zealand pacers who removed Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul for 1 each.Stressing that the defeat was a tough pill to swallow, Ravi Shastri pointed out that 30 minutes of poor cricket made a huge impact.”I’ll say the World Cup semifinal [biggest disappointment]. Those 30 minutes changed everything. We were right there and then it all slipped away. We played some very good cricket through the tournament. We won more matches than any other team, topped the table and that spoke of our dominance. But then, that’s sport. One bad day, one bad session and it wasn’t ours to go any further,” Ravi Shastri told The Times of India.advertisementDespite India not going the distance at World Cup 2019, Ravi Shastri was reappointed as the head coach last week. Shastri pipped the likes of Mike Hesson and Tom Moody in interviews conducted by Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advistory Committee.Ravi Shastri has been handed a 2-year contract and he will be working with the team till the T20 World Cup in November, 2021.India, under Ravi Shastri, also enter an imporant phase as they begin their World Test Championships with a 2-Test series in West Indies from August 22.Stressing that the 3 ICC tournaments will be his primary focus, Ravi Shastri added: “here are two ICC T20 tournaments over the next two years, in 2020 and 2021. The Test championship cycle has begun, so that becomes top priority.”We have a splendid Test side that’s stayed at the top of the rankings and needs to keep up that good work. In T20Is, we need to take a fresh perspective and consolidate on the fabulous talent we have.”Also Read | Want to thank the CAC for showing faith in me: Ravi Shastri after reappointment as India coachAlso Read | India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Ravi ShastriFollow India national cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Virat Kohlilast_img