Recently, Ravi Shastri has retained his head coach position of the Indian national cricket team. He faced the interview process along with the other four shortlisted candidates. Former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson was very close to beat Shastri, but the former Indian cricketer has managed to succeed him due to the better experience about the present Indian cricket system.
The former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri was the team director of the Indian national cricket team from 2014 to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. During that tenure, India reached the semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Ravi Shastri joined as the head coach of this team after the conclusion of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Shastri joined in that post after the resignation of Anil Kumble. Under Shastri’s coaching, India finished as the semifinalists in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
In both times, Shastri faced the interview process, which was conducted by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy were the CAC members in the latest interview. Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were the previous CAC members who recommended Shastri as the head coach after the 2017 interview process.
Ravi Shastri now has to justify – Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly feels Shastri is the right choice to handle the head coach post of the present Indian team. However, the former Indian captain also added that the head coach needed to justify this selection.
Ganguly told India Today, “Ravi has been doing this for five years (except one year of Anil Kumble) and now been given this responsibility for two more years. So I don’t think anyone else in history has got such a long time with the team. He is the right choice but he now has to justify. He has two T20 World Cups ahead and in such big tournaments, India needs to find ways to win them.”
Ravi Shastri will continue this head coach post till the end of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. In between this period, India will also play the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.