T20 World Cup 2021: Wasim Akram says he’d like to see a perfect send-off for his good friend Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri's Indian team head coach tenure comes to an end with T20 World Cup 2021 | Getty

India will end their disappointing T20 World Cup 2021 tournament with their last Super 12s league match against Namibia in Dubai on November 8, 2021. Indian team has failed to qualify for the semi-finals thanks to losing their first two matches to Pakistan and New Zealand.

India needed the Afghans to surprise the Blackcaps, to have any hopes of reaching the last 4 but those hopes were dashed after Kane Williamson’s team beat Afghanistan on Sunday. The match against Namibia will bring the curtains down on the long and fruitful partnership between captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri.

Kohli will step down as T20I captain of the Indian team, and Shastri’s tenure as head coach will also end, with former India captain Rahul Dravid taking over the reins from November 17.

Shastri, during his earlier term as team director, had seen India lose in the semi-finals of the 2015 ICC World Cup and then in the last 4 of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup. As the head coach, Shastri saw the Indian team losing in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup.

As he brings his tenure as Indian head coach to an end, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram, once his contemporary as a player and then as a commentator, took to social media platform Koo and wished that his friend gets a “perfect send-off” when India take on Namibia.

India has nothing much at stake in their final match against Namibia. But there are a few things to look out for. I for one want to see Virat lead for one final time in T20 #cricket. Rohit & Rahul can go really beserk. Bumrah, Shami, Ashwin & Jadeja can strike a few blows. Above all I want to see a perfect send-off for my good friend Shaz as India coach. Well done buddy on your stint #T20WorldCup,” Akram posted on his Koo handle.