Mumbai, Aug 18: After being reappointed as the head coach of Indian Cricket team, Ravi Shastri on Saturday thanked Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for showing faith in him and said his aim in the next 26 months will be to take the team to the next level.
'I would first like to thank the CAC-Shantha, Kapil and Anshu for having the faith in me to let me continue for another 26 months,' Raiv Shastri told bcci.tv in an interview on Saturday. Earlier on Friday, the CAC comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaikwad and Shantha Rangaswamy had showed faith in Ravi Shastri and extended his tenure till the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Apart from Shastri, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, former Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput were in the fray.
This will be Shastri's fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).
Expressing his happiness after his reappointment, Shastri said, 'It's a privilege and honour to be part of an Indian team setup. The reason why I came in was, I had belief in this team... belief that this team can leave a legacy that very few teams have in the past. Not just for the moment they're playing... you know the kind of legacy... going down the line other teams would try and emulate'. 'That is the desire. We are on track. There is always room for improvement. With youth coming into the set-up, it's going to be very exciting', the head coach added. Stressing the need to embrace the upcoming challenges, Shastri said he would focus on inducting more youths into the system to create a team balance.
"You have got to learn from your mistakes. Nobody is perfect. When you strive for excellence and you strive to raise to the bar day in, day out, you have got to pay attention to details. When you mess up or when have an off day.. don't let that day go by. We have got to make sure we are focussing and concentrating on how we can get over that barrier. That will be the endeavour of this team," Shastri said.
During the interview, he further said the team management will now focus on becoming the best fielding side in the world.
"Over the last 4, 5 years... the biggest improvement has been in fielding. The endeavour is to make this the best fielding side in this world. So it is a clear diktat to whoever wants to be in this team... the standards of that particular player's fielding will have to be at the highest level, especially in white-ball cricket', he said.
Shastri also pointed out that the next two years will be crucial for Team India as he expects it to undergo a transition period.
Ravi Shastri, who is currently in the West Indies, will be at the helm when they begin the World Test Championships with a 2-Test series from August 22. The head coach, who has not managed to win an ICC trophy yet, will have the tough task ahead as Virat Kohli's men play the T20 World Cup in 2020 and 2021.