The result came out as the per the expectations and there were no surprises when Ravi Shastri was announced as the Head Coach of Indian cricket team for next two years.
Even before he had applied for the post, the former Director of Indian cricket team made sounds when he just indicated about the move and many believed that him applying for the post was just a mere formality, as for why would, BCCI extend the date to apply for the post, once the deadline is gone?
Again though Shastri chose to appear for the interview via Skype and this time, Sourav Ganguly was there as one of the judges. Reports suggest that Ganguly was not at all convinced with the idea of Ravi Shastri and in fact had an argument with Shastri over few issues, with one of them being the bowling coach.
Shastri wanted his man – Bharat Arun – back in the job, whereas, Zaheer Khan was CAC’s choice. The argument between the two resulted in a gulf between Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly, as Master Blaster wanted Shastri to take the charge, whereas, as said, this wasn’t the case with Dada. (Read Here: Ravi Shastri Appointed As Head Coach Of Indian Cricket Team)
Probably, Ganguly hasn’t forgotten the last year’s scenario where differences were created between him and Shastri after the latter one questioned the former Indian skipper. In 2016, when for the first time BCCI invited applications for the post of Head Coach of Indian cricket team, Shastri was one of 57 candidates who applied for the post and in fact the front-runner but when the results were out, he found himself losing the race to Anil Kumble. (Read Here: Opinion On Appointment Of Dravid and Zaheer Khan)
Shastri vented his anger on Ganguly and blamed him for having personal issues with him. Ganguly too did not keep silent and played every bouncer from Shastri. Later the matter was put to rest and this time again Shastri was in front of the committee to interview for the vacant post. Shastri failed to convince Ganguly but had the last laugh, courtesy two other members of the board.
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