Shastri ‘disappointed’ to miss out on job


Former India team director Ravi Shastri has admitted to being 'very disappointed' about not getting the head coaching job, saying he felt he'd done enough as director to secure the gig.

Shastri, who had been managing the side for nearly two years, was passed over in favour of former all-rounder Anil Kumble, and said he was proud of the work he had done with the side.

Shastri said in the Indian Express: "I was very disappointed. Disappointment because the hard work the entire unit had put in in the last 18 months. 

"To see where they were when the support staff and I took over and to where they reached in 18 months makes me feel proud.

"They got up, threw punches and ended up where they were. No. 1 in Test cricket, No. 1 in T20, No. 2 in ODI [at various points during Shastri's tenure]. 

"You can't ask for more. Even I didn't expect such a transformation in 18 months with this young team. I feel really proud.

"I was honest, worked hard along with the support staff, and the players were fantastic. During those months, with the BCCI being hammered in the court and media for various reasons, cricket was the shining light. 

"People really took to watching the way the Indian team was playing."

Shastri confirmed that he had spoken to Kumble since the announcement, and he wished the spin legend all the luck with the side: "The team is right up there in all formats. 

"Now is the time to take one step forward, especially after the [upcoming] tour of the West Indies.

"There is a lot of cricket at home [after the West Indies tour], you have to cash in on the home advantage. It would be great if he can take it forward."