Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has stated that he wants to become a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in his next chapter after stepping down as India’s head coach. Former India coach Rahul Dravid has replaced Shastri as India’s next head coach.
While a lot of opportunities beckon ahead of one of India’s best all-rounders, Shastri is likely to take a shot at the IPL.
“Next, there is plenty. I will take a break and there is plenty in the sporting space that can be done. It is a great game, it is evolving, the space around the game — the media and digital space are evolving. At this moment, my fingers are pointing in five different directions,” said Ravi Shastri in an interview with The New Indian Express.
Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the time I’m able to watch the sport #TeamIndia @imVkohli @ImRo45 @ajinkyarahane88 🇮🇳🙏🏻
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) November 13, 2021
He also revealed why he decided to leave the Team India head coach’s position after the marquee event. To which he claimed that it was hard for him to stay away from his family for long as well.
“There is a time for everything. We have done it for seven years and in these tough times, you need a break. I was not 45 or 50 anymore. And when you travel non-stop, long time away from home and family, it is hard. Basically, whatever I wanted to achieve with them, I more than accomplished more than that. So I thought it is the right time to leave and so that the team gets someone new with fresh ideas to take them forward. So it was a conscious decision taken in England itself,” he further added.
Ravi Shastri likely to be the head coach of the Ahmedabad franchise
On the other hand, according to the reports, the Ahmedabad IPL franchise has already approached him to join them as the head coach position for the next season of the Indian Premier League. While Ravi Shastri did not confirm anything yet, he hinted that he could become a part of the IPL franchise as a coach also.
“I would definitely be part of coaching, at grassroots levels and there is no question about it. Who knows if you get an opportunity in the IPL in the future, then I would definitely not say no to that. Of course, television will always be there. For the moment, it is time to take a break, relax, reflect and enjoy the free time,” Ravi Shastri concluded.