India vs Namibia, 42nd Match, Group 2 (N), Dubai (DSC), Nov 8 2021, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
Ravi Shastri on his last assignment as coach: It (journey) has been fantastic. When I took this job, I said in my mind I want to make a difference and I think I have. Sometimes in life, it’s not all about what you accomplish, it’s what you overcome. And what these guys have overcome over the last five years, the way they have travelled across the globe.
Performed in every part of the globe in all formats of the game will make this – irrespective of what’s happened here – as one of the great teams in the history of the game. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind. It’s unfortunate that we are out of this tournament but that takes nothing away from a great side.
(High point) Across all formats there are plenty. But winning in red-ball cricket across the globe – West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, England we are leading the series. It could be the longest lead in the history of cricket because the next Test is next year.
To go across and beat all these sides every team in white-ball cricket – T20 or 50 over – we have beaten sides in their den which was my endeavour and team’s endeavour. We were always labelled as big bullies at home, but when you had to travel outside you didn’t have the goods. But this team has shown they have more and plenty of that.
In Rahul Dravid, they’ve got a guy who has inherited a great team and I think with his experience, he can only raise the bar in time to come. There are still players here who will play for another 3-4 years which is very important. It is not a team in transition and that’ll make the biggest difference.
Virat is still there, he has done a fantastic job as the leader of the side, he’s been the biggest ambassador for Test cricket over the last five years. Lot of credit goes to him in the way he’s thought about how he wants the team to play the game and how the team has rallied around him.
Ravindra Jadeja | 4-0-16-3 : “The surface had decent bounce and there’s a strong cross breeze. Whatever happens for the spinner happens in the air, with little cross breeze, it is very helpful. Going along with the variations, change of pace is very important to get the dot balls. Whenever the seam position was right and whenever you slowed it down, it just held in the wicket a touch.
It’s one of those surface where you always want to bowl first. I don’t know how it’s going to be with the dew but today’s surface was better than what we played on last time. Dew is a very big factor and how much ever you practice with the dew, the ball is not going to come back to proper condition.
The pitch also tends to skid on more with a bit of dew on it. Those are external factors you can’t control, but when you do have cross breeze like this and when you can bowl into it, it’s absolutely wonderful. It is one of those games where any team will find it hard to get out there.
Play but having said that wearing the India colours and representing India every single time is a matter of pride and we all know that. We wanted to give it our best, things went alright. Hopefully the second innings is good as well.”