Cricket expert Ayaz Memon speaks to India Head Coach Ravi Shastri as a preview to the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
AM: Barring 10-11 months, you have been in charge as coach, director or whatever else for almost five years. So, what would be your self-appraisal, if you look back?
RS: I am extremely satisfied. If you had told me at the start of my tenure that this is where you are going to be you know before ten days before going into the World Cup. I will say I will take it any day. I will take it any day. Because you look across all formats and look at where we were. You know when our coaching staff and I took over this job I think it was 7-6-5 or 7-6--6. And then to be in 1-1-1- across all the formats think we have reached number one in all formats at some stage or the other but always be hanging in there 1-2-2 or 1-1-2, you know all the time what else can you ask from the boys.
AM: A tinge of regret with results in South Africa or results in England. There was so much talk...
RS: That would always be there. But the good thing is that they learnt from those mistakes. Got it right in Australia when it mattered.
AM: You are currently at an inflexion point so to speak. The World Cup is the assignment and after which your tenure ends. Are you interested in coaching further, or wanting to go back to broadcasting?
RS: My focus is on the World Cup and with this Indian Cricket Team. I am not going to think one day beyond. I am going to think and live in the present. As clear as that.