The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee, which has been given the responsibility of selecting the new coach, has revealed that Anil Kumble’s replacement will be named on July 10, a day after the deadline for the submission of an application for the posts closes. The board has invited the applications for the second time after Kumble’s unexpected exit.
As of now, only Ravi Shastri has joined the five shortlisted candidates who had applied for the post when the board had invited applications in May. The five candidates are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput.
The board has reiterated that captain Virat Kohli will have no role to play in coach selection but reports are suggesting that Ravi Shastri, who shares a cordial relationship with Kohli, is the front-runner for the job. Moreover, after Kumble’s bitter exit, the CAC would look to appoint a man with whom the player can remain comfortable and Shastri certainly fits the bill.
Now, who will replace Kumble will be known in coming days but in case Shastri is selected, there are some players who might find themselves out of the team or find it tough to break into the team.
Here we are having a look at those players.
2. Yuvraj Singh:
At 35, Yuvraj Singh looks a pale shadow of his former self. The 150-run knock in his comeback series against England earlier this year and the quickfire fifty against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy opener suggested that he had hit the top gear but his performance since then is a big indication that he is well past his prime.
After scoring a fifty in the tournament-opener against Pakistan, he scored only 52 runs in three matches. His poor form continued in the ongoing series against West Indies too where he has managed only 57 runs in first three games.
With the next World Cup just a couple of years away, the team might take the harsh call of dropping the southpaw.
1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
Just like Yuvraj, Dhoni is also struggling to get going for quite some time now. Occasional fifties have managed to keep the critics silent but there is no denying the fact that he is far from his best. His recent knock of 54 runs off 108 balls against West Indies has only elevated those concerns. With Rishabh Pant waiting in the ranks, Dhoni needs to get back to his best at the earliest otherwise the new coach might take the tough decision of showing him an exit door.