How Ravi Shastri Closely Beat Mike Hesson In The Indian Head Coach Fight
Recently, Ravi Shastri retained the head coach post of the Indian national cricket team for the next two years after beating Mike Hesson and Tom Moody in the interview round. However, a senior BCCI official has revealed that it was a very close fight between Shastri and Hesson.
On 16th August, Ravi Shastri and four other shortlisted candidates faced the interview process for the head coach role of the Indian national cricket team. Shastri earned a direct entry for the interview process due to serving the same position at that time.
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) took those interviews at Mumbai. Former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev led the CAC while the former Indian cricketer and two-time head coach Anshuman Gaekwad and the former women’s team captain Shantha Rangaswamy were the other members of CAC.
At the end of that interview process, the CAC ranked Ravi Shastri on top. Meanwhile, Mike Hesson and Tom Moody were in the next two positions respectively. Finally, the BCCI decided to retain Shastri for head coach role until the end of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
The CAC members already claimed that it was a very tight fight between the contestants. CAC member Anshuman Gaekwad revealed that Shastri got the advantage of understanding the entire present system.
It was not a walk in the park for Ravi Shastri
Now, a senior BCCI official has revealed that Mike Hesson was very close to beat Ravi Shastri. Hesson’s best point was his outstanding coaching records for the New Zealand national cricket team.
The BCCI official told IANS, “It was not a walk in the park for Shastri as some of you seem to believe. Hesson was really close to getting the go-ahead. It is there for all to see how the New Zealand team improved by leaps and bounds under him across all formats.
“From being the perennial surprise package in big-ticket events, they had become a champion side under him and that is something that really impressed the CAC.
“Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached their first-ever World Cup final in 2015. While he did resign in 2018, the Kiwis playing their second final on the trot in 2019 also had a lot to do with what Hesson brought to the table. His strategizing with the senior members in the team can’t be discounted.”
Mike Hesson hadn’t played enough cricket himself
Despite these crucial points, Hesson just missed out the opportunity of the Indian head coach due to the lack of experiences as a player. Hesson took up the coaching role at the age of 22-year-old and had no significant experiences as a player.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri played 230 international matches for India. He also led the national team in 12 international games (one Test and 11 ODIs).
The official added, “The CAC felt that Shastri’s proven record as a player was one area that needed to be give due recognition as one’s own stature might become an area of concern when handling a team which has big names.
“Hesson hadn’t played enough cricket himself and as we know started coaching in his early twenties. Shastri on the other hand played 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs. That is something that went against the Kiwi.”
Ravi Shastri is serving the head coach post for the Indian national cricket team since July 2017. Previously, he was the team director from 2014 to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
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