Along with him, Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid too made an entry in team India’s dressing room. Shastri’s name came by no surprise but the names of the other two former Indian stalwarts were a big surprise. Zaheer came in to fill the blank spot in the team, which was vacant under Anil Kumble. Rahul Dravid too made his way in the dressing room as the batting consultant on overseas Test tours. (Read Here: New Coach Of Indian Team Announced)
The main process that drew attention was of Head Coach, a job which Shastri took over. Apart from him, there were four other personalities who were interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) viz Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput. Apart from taking their interview separately, there were three questions in the process which were in common for all the candidates.
The first common question was the view of the candidate regarding the 2019 World Cup which will be played in England, the same place where ICC Champions Trophy was played – where India reached the finals and eventually lost to arch-rivals Pakistan. The second common question was the regarding the role of a coach if compared to that of a captain. And the third question was how to deal with the situation in case there is an impasse between coach and the skipper.
Looking closely at the all the three questions, the first one seems to be a genuine one with a sight on the next World Cup, whereas, the last two questions were developed after watching what happened between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble.
Kumble was appointed as the Head Coach of Indian cricket team for a period of one year in 2016 and as soon as his contract ended, he quit the job citing untenable relation with the skipper. CAC had to keep this important aspect in mind while appointing a new Head Coach as the incoming man was to be offered a contract of two years and CAC already assured that there are no such issues between skipper and the new man coming in.
Probably, that is the reason why Shastri has been giving the job. The former Indian all-rounder is in good terms with Kohli, who took over the post of Test captaincy within five months of Shastri taking up the job as team Director in 2014.
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