The last few months have been profusely turbulent for Indian cricket. With tensions mounting between former coach Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli, the team morale and spirit wasn’t at its finest by any stretch of the imagination. That was clearly witnessed when India meekly bowed down to Pakistan in the finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Despite a series win in the Caribbean, question marks still remained over the future of the side.
With not many candidates applying for the post of India’s head coach, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) extended the deadline for the same. The new name to join the fray was none other than skipper Virat Kohli’s personal favourite, Ravi Shastri. It came down as no surprise what so ever, when Shastri was named the coach of the team, ahead of the likes of Tom Moody and Virender Sehwag.
Shastri previously was the Team Director for the men in blue from mid-2014 till the 2016 ICC World T20. Under his mentorship, India achieved decent success, making it to the semi finals of two ICC events and winning a few Test series.
After being named the coach, Shastri opened up on why he actually applied for the role of the head coach.
“I didn’t apply in the first place. What did make me apply was when I realised that there was a huge problem there,” Shastri said. “Initially, I didn’t reply but I didn’t realise how serious the issues were.”
“Therefore, when the BCCI reopened the application window, I gave it a thought and said to myself, ‘you must apply because you have been instrumental in the appointment of your support staff and have seen where your team has risen to,” said Shastri. “Now, you can also see in front of your eyes that there is a problem, so instead of backing away from it, take it head on.”