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Figure out the all-conquering Shastri-Kohli partnership

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November 08, 2021 21:20 IST
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IMAGE: The coach-captain combination of Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli, which ended on Monday without an ICC trophy, will be remembered for India's dominance in Test cricket. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

India's cricket team had more good days than bad with the Ravi Shastri-Virat Kohli combination at the helm of affairs.

On Monday, that union ended in the concluding Super 12s match of the T20 World Cup, against Namibia, in Dubai, as Shastri's tenure expired and Kohli stepped down as India's T20 International captain.

As all-conquering partnership of nearly seven years comes to an end, here’s a look at their major achievements.

Border Gavaskar Trophy win (2018-19): Under the duo's guidance, India scripted history by becoming the first Asian team to beat Australia in a Test series in their own backyard.

 

Second successive Test series triumph in Australia (2020-21): Though Kohli was not around for the full duration of the tour, Shastri and his stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane guided the team admirably in the absence of the regular skipper, as India defeated Australia to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for the second successive time.

World Test Championship final (2021): India made it to the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship under Kohli’s captaincy and Shastri's guidance. However, Virat Kohli & Co. lost the final by eight wickets, as New Zealand were crowned champions.

ODI World Cup semi-final (2019): India were the best team in the group stages of the 2019 ICC World Cup and had topped the points table. However, the ‘Men in Blue’ faced a heart-breaking defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final and bowed out of the tournament.

-    With the Kohli-Shastri duo calling the shots, India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match series against England earlier this year before the rubber was suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp.

-    Under Shastri's watch, India won a T20I series in South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia.

-    Shastri also oversaw a 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka in 2017, the first time they achieved such a feat.

-    India also inflicted a whitewash on the West Indies in a Test series in the Caribbean for the first time.

-    During their time, India formed a potent pace bowling unit that shone in all conditions and against the best in the world.

-    42 months at the top of the Test rankings: Under coach Shastri and skipper Kohli, the Indian team became a force to reckon with in Test cricket, holding on to the number one ranking in the world for 42 months from 2016 to 2020.

-    The two first got together in 2014 for a Test match at Adelaide after then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was banned from the game, paving the way for Kohli to lead the team.

-    Dhoni led in the next two matches in Brisbane and Melbourne but after his sudden decision to retire from the traditional format, Kohli was made full-time captain of the Test team.

-    Shastri became Director of Indian cricket team in 2014 for a period of eight months - from India's tour of England till the 2015 World Cup.

-    Shastri was relieved as coach in 2016, but on July 13, 2017, he was appointed head coach of the Indian team, reuniting with Kohli to forge a cracking partnership.

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