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‘Well done Shazzy come back to commentary buddy’- Wasim Akram pays tribute to Ravi Shastri

By BetBarter Staff

November 10, 2021

Legendary Pakistan cricketer Wasim Akram was effusive in praise of former India coach Ravi Shastri, whose tenure came to end after India’s exit from the 20-20 World Cup.  The showpiece event didn’t pan out the way India would have hoped for, but that should not take away any credit from Shastri, who had a terrific run as a coach in the past four years.

Under Shastri, India played a fearless brand of cricket and achieved great success. India defeated Australia for the first time in a Test series Down Under in 2019-20 and become the first Asian team to win back to back series in Australia. India also managed to reach the semifinals of the 50- over World Cup in 2019 and the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC) in 2021. They had an astounding outing in England as well and took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series before it was postponed after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Akram paid a fitting tribute Virat Kohli, who stepped down as T20I captain and his good friend Ravi Shastri. “Perfect finish for a champion like Virat Kohli as India’s T20I captain. He has been a terrific leader in all three formats," Akram wrote on the microblogging website Koov. “But even on the final day, we saw his leadership as he let Surya finish the job which he could have done so easily against Namibia. Credit also due to Namibia for they performed. But my heart goes out to my friend Shaz well done. Come back to the comm box buddy."

Akram further opined Shastri was brilliant at the management well. He was spot on and guided the youngsters well. The former Pakistan fast bowler also wished to see him in the commentary box soon. 

“My good friend, Shazzy. It was your last tournament as a coach, and I think you’ve done wonders in the last three years," Akram said. “We spoke about him before. I think he was brilliant as far as man-management was concerned. At that level, you don’t need too much coaching, you need management, and Ravi was good at it. I wish him all the luck, and I am sure he will do wonders in commentary. He was missed."

Shastri has hinted that he might be seen in commentary during the rescheduled fifth Test match between England and India.