Shastri’s first stint as head coach began in 2017 before he was reappointed in 2019. The T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman starts on October 17.
The 59-year-old is currently in quarantine here after testing positive for COVID-19. Speaking to ‘The Guardian’, Shastri said that winning the T20 World Cup would be special but added the team has already done special things in his time.
“I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted. Five years as No.1 (in Test cricket), to win in Australia twice, to win in England.
“I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in COVID-19 times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” said the former India player.
During Shastri’s tenure, India has also recorded T20I series wins in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England.
“We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the (T20) World Cup, that will be the icing on the cake. There is nothing more.
“I believe one thing - never overstay your welcome. And I would say that, in terms of what I wanted to get out of the side, I’ve over achieved. To beat Australia away and to lead the series in England in a COVID year? It is the most satisfying moment of my four decades in cricket.”
The flamboyant coach would love to sign off with an ICC trophy, which the team has not lifted during the Shastri-Virat Kohli phase.
“We’re going to give it everything. Absolutely. We’ve got the team to win if we play to our potential. Above all we’re going to enjoy it. Forget Test match pressure. T20 cricket is meant to be enjoyed. I plan on going out on a real high,” he asserted.
“Yes, there will be sadness it’s ending because I’ve worked with so many great players and personalities. We’ve had some great times in the dressing room. But, above all, the quality of our cricket and the results we’ve achieved has made it one heck of a journey,” he said.