Ravi Shastri was considered as the front-runner to become India head coach as soon as he had applied for the post earlier this month. With Anil Kumble resigning from the post due to indifference with captain Virat Kohli, speculations were rife that the former team director would replace Kumble. But at the same time, there were few apprehensions over Shastri getting the post. First of all, the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had made it clear that the coach will be selected on merit. And with the likes of Tom Moody and Richard Pybus in line, Shastri was at the back foot. Moreover, Shastri’s war of words with Ganguly that took place last year when the former was not given the head coach’s post also cast doubt on Shastri getting the nod ahead of the other candidates.
However, keeping aside all the past issues, the CAC named Shastri as Kumble’s replacement.
Delighted with the appointment, Shastri has thanked the CAC for showing the trust in him.
“I would like to thank the CAC because it is a privilege and honour to be India’s coach. And I would like to thank the CAC for thinking that I am worthy enough to do the job,” Shastri said.
The newly-appointed head coach had earlier stated that he and Ganguly had buried the hatchet, saying that both have moved on from that unfortunate episode.
“We are two former captains, there will be arguments. Everyone is not on the same page all the time. But there is mutual respect. There were good questions asked (in the interview on July 10) and I answered. You’re looking at the bigger picture and the betterment of Indian cricket and that’s paramount. You need to do the best for Indian cricket,” Shastri had told India Today.
Meanwhile, the board has appointed Bharath Arun as the bowling coach of the team as per Shastri’s demands and has retained Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar as batting and fielding coach respectively.