Ravi Shastri completed an almost seven years tenure with the Indian team which ended at the T20 World Cup in UAE. Shastri has revealed in numerous interviews that he will stay away from the sport for a while and relax for 2-3 months.
Hence, despite many speculations, it is unlikely that Ravi Shastri will join the commentary team for the India West Indies series which consists of three ODIs and as many T20Is in February. Many expected that former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri will return to the commentary box for India’s home season that starts with the limited-overs series against the West Indies and will also include 2 Tests and 3 T20I games against Sri Lanka.
Ravi Shastri has taken a conscious decision to not take up commentary immediately: TOI
According to a report in The Times of India, Ravi Shastri has taken a decision that he will not return to the commentary box immediately after his stint as the head coach. Shastri is currently in Oman for the inaugural Legends Cricket League, as he has been appointed as the Commissioner of the tournament.
“He has taken a conscious decision not to take up commentary immediately, at least till the IPL. He has a lot on the table and for two more months, he will remain busy. He will think over it after that,” stated a report in the Times of India.
Ravi Shastri is known for his iconic commentary stints which include the World Cup-winning moment for India in 2007 and 2011. After his retirement, Shastri seamlessly transitioned to the commentary box and is today considered one of the best commentators to have lent his voice behind the microphone in the game of cricket.
The commentary panel for the limited-overs series between India and West Indies will consist of Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Deep Dasgupta, Murali Kartik, Ian Bishop, and Ajit Agarkar.
• Ravi Shastri will not return for commentary for the upcoming India West Indies series.
• Shastri has taken a break from the sport for 3-4 months.