Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie revealed in his fresh interview that he had given an extensive thought of applying for a head coach of Team India. Ravi Shastri, later, was appointed as the chief coach by three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which comprised of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. (Read Here: Ravi Shastri Appointed As The Head Coach Of Indian Cricket Team).
“I to’ed and fro’ed. I had days where I thought, ‘right, I’m definitely applying for it, I’m going to have a crack and see how far I get’,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.
The New South Wales’ 42-year-old bowler Gillespie admitted he was serious to apply for the post which was left vacant after Anil Kumble acrimoniously stepped down as a head coach following alleged rift with skipper Virat Kohli.
“Maybe one day in a couple of years that’d be something I’d seriously consider. I think it would have been a wonderful job and I congratulate Ravi Shastri on getting that job,” Gillespie added.
It’s pertinent to note, Gillespie is aiming to nurse the international team in a bid to give an extension to his career as a mentor.
“I talked a lot about that with my family,” Gillespie said on thinking about coaching Virat Kohli-led India.
Interestingly, Gillespie has shown interest to coach Sri Lanka, but he is also aware of the fact that Lankans don’t have a rich history when it comes to coaches, who hardly spend quality time with the team.
“Sri Lanka was one of my favourite places to tour as a player, I loved playing cricket there, I love the country, it’d be a fantastic job (coaching),” Gillespie remarked.
Talking about the coaching stints from Gillespie, the premier paceman has led English County side Yorkshire to two Championships trophies, as he also mentored Big Bash League franchise Adelaide Strikers.
“It’d be a wonderful job (to coach Sri Lanka),” Gillespie said.
While having a stint with Papua New Guinea as a coach on a temporary basis, Gillespie was bound to coach Australia A which later on resulted in cancellation after witnessing the pay dispute between Cricket Australia and Australian Cricketers’ Association.
Earlier, former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag and Australian Tom Moody were also in the fray for the role as a head coach.
On the other side, Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford stepped down as a coach after the completion of Champions Trophy. Adding to the fact, Ford was bound to coach Lanka until 2019 World Cup which is scheduled in England.
Gillespie had featured in 71 Tests, 97 ODIs and in solitary Twenty20 for Australia. He has bagged 259 wickets in the longer format and 142 scalps in ODIs.