'Your contribution will...' - Virat Kohli pens down heartfelt post for Team India's outgoing coaching staff

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: Nov 10, 2021, 12:00 PM(IST)

Kohli pens down heartfelt post for Team India's outgoing coaching staff. Photo | Virat Kohli Photograph:( Twitter )

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Virat Kohli took to social media to express his gratitude to India's outgoing coaching staff - Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar and stated that their contributions for Team India will always be remembered.
 

Virat Kohli-led Team India bowed out of the T20 World Cup 2021 edition, being held in the UAE, in the Super 12 round. The one-time winners weren't anywhere close to their best in their opening two fixtures, versus Pakistan and New Zealand respectively, and paid a heavy price as they were shown the exit door in the group stage itself. 

While Kohli & Co. did bounce back to win their last three encounters handsomely, it was too late by then as New Zealand and Pakistan confirmed their slots in the semi-finals from the same group, i.e. Pool B. With India's exit, Kohli's tenure as T20I captain came to an end whereas the likes of head coach Ravi Shastri, fielding coach R Sridhar and bowling coach Bharat Arun's respective tenures also concluded.

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Kohli, thus, expressed his gratitude for India's outgoing coaching staff and wrote on social media, "Thank you for all the memories and the amazing journey we've had as a team with you all. Your contribution has been immense and will always be remembered in Indian cricket history. Wish you the best moving forward in life. Until next time."

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Under Shastri-Arun-Sridhar, Team India excelled across formats and won bilateral ODI series in South Africa, New Zealand, back-to-back Test series in Australia, T20I series in England and dominated at home. They ended as semi-finalists in the 2019 ODI World Cup, runners-up in the WTC final. More than the victories, Shastri ensured India became a well-oiled and competitive side playing both at home and while being on the road. On the other hand, the Indian pacers flourished under Arun whereas Sridhar made India a daunting force to reckon as a fielding unit.

Rahul Dravid will now officially take over from Shastri as India's head coach with the start of their home series versus New Zealand, from November 17.

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