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Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL

‘Potential’ Prithvi Shaw Should Remain Grounded, Says Anshuman Gaekwad

Prithvi Shaw is the cynosure of all eyes in the Indian team which is gearing up for the forthcoming Sri Lanka series despite the presence of a few uncapped cricketers in the squad. The young and promising opening batsman was dropped from the Test squad in Australia after which he changed his technique and returned to the fold after missing England Tests at home.

Anshuman Gaekwad, a former India coach spoke about the importance of the forthcoming limited-overs Sri Lanka series for opener Prithvi Shaw and touched upon the circumstances that may have played a role in the youngster witnessing a roller-coaster ride.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

Prithvi Shaw Should Be Grounded As He Lost His Form Due To Overconfidence Or Arrogance: Anshuman Gaekwad

Prithvi Shaw has been rewarded for a stellar show in 2021, having become the first man to score over 800 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and also scoring 308 runs for the Delhi Capitals from just eight matches with three half-centuries, including slamming six fours in an over. He is the obvious first choice to open the innings with his Delhi teammate and new skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

The series against Sri Lanka could be a make-or-break deal for the youngster with an eye to be picked for the T20I World Cup. In the first half of last year, reports of him facing disciplinary issues emerged, and then the great Sachin Tendulkar came into the picture and mentored him.

Anshuman Gaekwad
Anshuman Gaekwad

Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad touched upon the circumstances that may have played a role in the youngster witnessing a roller-coaster ride. He advised him to stay grounded and learn lessons himself or from watching others.

“It’s going to be very important for him. He’s a brilliant player, who’s got a lot of runs. He started off with flying colours. We thought there is a boy who had come here to stay. But then he lost it. And why did he lose it? It could be confidence, it could be overconfidence or arrogance.

“These are the reasons for which a player has a downfall. Being grounded is very, very important. I’ve seen the greatest of players – talk about Tendulkar, Dravid, Vishwanath. They were all grounded, and never put their collars up or said ‘I’m so and so’,” Anshuman Gaekwad said.

“All these guys played for long – Laxman, Sourav, Azhar. All of them. Of course, being young these things happen but I’m sure he’s learnt his lesson. He has to grow up, and I’m sure he has. Some players probably improve from the experience of watching others, while some want to do it themselves.

“They want to experience it themselves and then improve, so I hope he has learnt his lesson. Also, the thing with him is that he’s got time with him. He’s got tremendous potential and promise, so the sky’s the limit.”

Prithvi Shaw who is 21 may sometimes feel a decade older given what he has been through. From creating waves in the junior circuit to becoming a domestic behemoth, Prithvi Shaw realized his dream of playing for India when he earned his maiden Test cap in 2018. He lit up the occasion by scoring a century on debut, becoming the second Indian to do so.

Prithvi Shaw’s Indifferent Form In 2018 To 2020 Wasn’t Repeated In 2021 Where He Scored Above 800 Runs In Vijay Hazare Trophy And Continued His Form In IPL

In the Australian tour, during India’s warm-up game in Sydney, Prithvi Shaw twisted his ankle, which ended his Australia dreams. Prithvi Shaw spent the next couple of months recovering from the injury, after which he set his eyes on the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

But he endured a string of low scores there, averaging a lowly 16.75 in eight innings. The IPL was the bumper ticket for IPL to present a case for himself in India’s World Cup squad, but perhaps it was a tad late.

Despite scoring 353 runs for Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw, on expected lines, was not picked for England. A shoulder injury to Prithvi Shaw ruled him out of the one-day leg of India A’s tour of the Caribbean as he underwent rehab at the NCA. And worse, it was followed by Prithvi Shaw being slapped with a suspension for a doping violation.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

Once the ban was lifted, he scored patches of form against New Zealand but was far from being at his belligerent best. The IPL 2020 in the UAE last year did not help either, as Prithvi Shaw registered three ducks. Even as he was picked for the tour of Australia, after the two nightmarish outings against the pink ball in Adelaide, the door seemingly shut on him.

But what happened thereon is nothing short of inspirational. Prithvi Shaw went back to his roots, worked closely with Pravin Amre and emerged better than ever, setting the Vijay Hazare Trophy on fire.

He peeled off a double century, scoring 227, which broke the record for the highest individual score in List-A cricket, and dazzled with an unbeaten 185 in the semi-final. His rich vein of form continued in the IPL 2021 before it was halted due to Covid-19, but he has the chance to resume from where he had left off and go big against Sri Lanka.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

For Teams Like India Thinking Of WTC Is A Distraction: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli said that the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) is not a key motivator for India as Test matches have always been a priority for them.

The Indian skipper added that the inaugural WTC is more of a distraction for the team as it can derail their plans if they start thinking too much about the competition.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli: WTC Might Work For Teams Who Are Less Motivated To Play Tests

India is firmly in the driver’s seat to play in the ICC World Test Championship final, set to take place later this year at Lord’s. The hosts will only need to avoid defeat in the final game of the series against England to book their place in the summit clash against New Zealand.

When asked how Team India views the World Test Championship, Virat Kohli said: “WTC might work for teams who are not that motivated to play Test cricket. Teams like us who are motivated to play Test cricket and want to win Test matches and keep the Indian cricket team at the top of the world in Test cricket. We have no issues whatsoever if its a WTC or not. For teams like us, it’s just a distraction when you start thinking of the WTC.”

ICC World Test Championship mace
File photo of ICC World Test Championship mace. Image Source ICC

Virat Kohli further explained that he and his team are not motivated by the incentive of playing in big games. This is because they give equal importance to every game they get to play for the country.

“Eventually its a game of cricket, even a World Cup final, semi-final anything you take, is a game of cricket at the end of the day, and if you are not motivated to play a normal game of cricket and you are extra motivated to play a game of cricket which has some incentive to it, for me, as an individual, that’s unacceptable, and we as a team have never played in that fashion.

“For us, any game is important. If you start thinking too much about it, then that is a distraction from our plans and process.” the 32-year-old concluded at a virtual press conference.

Ishant Sharma said since he plays Tests only, winning the inaugural World Test Championship is like winning World Cup. Another Test specialist nowadays vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane echoed Ishant Sharma’s emotions and said on the same lines that winning the WTC would be similar to winning the World Cup.

Virat Kohli Needs To Concentrate On The Match In Every day And Session: Anshuman Gaekwad

“If i was the coach of the Indian team today, i don’t think i would have thought of it (WTC). You need to concentrate on what you are doing today. Just concentrate on the match, day by day, session by session. That’s the only way you can go on. If you set a target, then you are bringing a lot of pressure on yourselves,” Gaekwad said in an exclusive chat on SK Live.

Anshuman Gaekwad
Anshuman Gaekwad

England is out of contention for a place in the WTC final. However, they could spoil Virat Kohli and his team’s party if they manage to win the final game and level the Test series at 2-2. In that scenario, Australia will go through to the final of the inaugural edition of the mega event.

India currently has gained a 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match Test series against England and if the hosts manage to win or draw the final Test, they would secure their berth in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) against already qualified New Zealand.

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Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli Has The Best Possible Team: Anshuman Gaekwad

Former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad expresses that the current Indian team has the best possible combination under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. He even said that it is the best team in India’s Test cricket history. 

Gaekwad applauded India’s pacers who, according to him, have played a major role in victories in foreign lands. Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India has convincingly won several Test matches, including the historic Test win against Australis last year.

The Men in Blue have ruled in the most extended format before losing the No. 1 place in the ICC Test ranking this year to Australia. 

India’s is the most balanced team: Anshuman Gaekwad 

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Anshuman Gaekwad (Image Credit: Google)

Gaekwad believes that India is the most balanced team with the best bowling and batting line up. He believes that there are a lot more match-winners than past in the team. 

“If you ask me, I believe that he [Virat Kohli] has the best possible team in Indian history. Bowling, batting, the balance of team are the best,” Gaekwad told Sportskeeda.

“Up till now, we had no pace bowlers. We had Karsan, Roger, Kapil, but they didn’t win matches for you all the time. Today, they have a battery of pacers with options, and they are winning matches for you,” added Gaekwad.

I had a word with Sachin Tendulkar: former coach

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Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Anshuman Gaekwad recalled that he encouraged Sachin Tendulkar to not leave captaincy but the master blaster was not convinced. 

“It is only a question of time. I had a word with Sachin Tendulkar when he left the captaincy, I tried to convince him, but he felt that he is giving 110 per cent, and why can’t the others (do the same).

“As a captain, one must understand that every individual is different. You can give 110, but others can give only 90 or 95 per cent. How [do you] convert that into 100 per cent? That is what we need to work on,” said the two-time former national coach.

Further, the two-time former coach has backed Virat Kohli to end the ICC trophy-drought. In the last World Cup, India was eliminated from the tournament after losing to New Zealand in the semi-final. 

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Kapil Dev. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Anshuman Gaekwad Reveals How They Congratulated Kapil Dev After He Became The Most Test Wicket-Taker

Former Indian cricketer, national selector and two-time Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad recently revealed how they congratulated the former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev after creating a world record by becoming the most wicket-taker in Test cricket history.

The all-rounder Kapil Dev made his both Test and ODI debuts in October 1978. While he first time tasted the Indian captaincy in September 1982, he became the regular Indian captain during India tour of West Indies in early 1983. In June 1983, Kapil led the Indian team to create a history as they won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev with the 1983 World Cup trophy (Photo Credit: Web.)

Kapil continued his cricket for the long time. Though his last captaincy for the Indian team was during the semi-final of the 1987 Cricket World Cup, where his team suffered a 35-run defeat against England, the all-rounder stretched his international cricket till October 1994.

With the time progress, the all-rounder was reaching some remarkable milestones in international cricket history. In February 1994, during Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka, Kapil moved on top of the list of most Test wicket-takers after claiming his 432nd Test wicket by dismissing Hashan Tillakaratne.

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Congratulations, you have broken the record, but tell us: Now what?: Anshuman Gaekwad asked Kapil Dev

After that record, then national selectors Anshuman Gaekwad and Gundappa Viswanath went to Kapil to congratuale him for his milestone. Without questioning directly, they wanted to know about his retirement period.

Anshuman Gaekwad, Kapil Dev
Anshuman Gaekwad (Image Credit: Google)


During a recent Facebook Live interview with Sportskeeda, Gaekwad recalled, “When Kapil broke Richard Hadlee’s record in Ahmedabad, we had carried him for a while, we had gone pretty slow. But then Vishy and I went and talked to him. We said, ‘Congratulations, you have broken the record, but tell us: Now what?’ So that nobody feels embarrassed. These are the interactions you have to have.”

Kapil played only one more Test and finished his Test career with 434 wickets in 131 matches. Also, the right-handed batsman scored 5248 Test runs with an average of 31.05.

However, Kapil stretched his international career till October 1994 as he played a few more ODIs before retiring from the game. At the end of his ODI career, the right-arm fast-medium bowler bagged 253 wickets in 225 ODIs. Also, he scored 3783 ODI runs with an average of 23.79.

Gaekwad further opened up about the role of a selector.

He said, “Your experience as a player and as a selector, your foresight is very important. You can’t just go by stats or domestic performances. A selector must know whether this XYZ has scored or got a lot of wickets and whether he will be successful at that level. This level can be understood only by those who have gone there – the pressure you have to take and the performances you have to give.”

Sunil Gavaskar,
Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credit: Eagar/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Anshuman Gaekwad Opines What Quality Today’s Cricketers Should Learn From Sunil Gavaskar

Anshuman Gaekwad heaped praise on Sunil Gavaskar’s incredible concentration and dedication at the crease while the latter celebrates his 71st birthday today(10th July). Before the inception of Sachin Tendulkar‘s era, Gavaskar was India’s torchbearer in batting. He never got intimidated and showed extraordinary consistency against some of the fiercest bowling attack.

Recalling the old memories with the former Indian cricketer, Gaekwad shares what quality the current players should learn from Gavaskar’s game.

Without showing aggression, Sunil Gavaskar exhibited that the batsman could easily get on the nerves of any fearsome opposition with his flawless techniques while maintaining the composure at the crease.

Anshuman Gaekwad is a fan of this attitude of Gavaskar. He thinks that the little master should be the role-model for modern cricketers who like to show aggression in the field while Gavaskar reflected the same with his bat.

Sunil Gavaskar showed world cricket how to stay calm on the field: Anshuman Gaekwad

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Sunil Gavaskar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“I believe that today’s cricketers can learn a lot from Gavaskar’s technique and his playing style. Can learn from his template. Today, people are aggressive but Gavaskar’s aggression was reflected in his batting. He did not get many digs during the game,” Anshuman Gaekwad said.

“At times, he also avoided to see bowler’s eyes. He showed world cricket how to stay calm on the field. Even, today`s generations can learn a lot from his concentration and dedication.”

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Anshuman Gaekwad (Image Credit: Google)

What made Sunil Gavaskar great was that he didn’t wear a helmet while facing the lethal and blood-thirsty West Indies pacers of his time. The greatest Indian cricketer retired from the game scoring 10,000 runs and scoring 34 Test centuries.

However, his contribution is beyond numbers because he led India to great heights during the 70s and 80s before the rise of Sachin. He inspired thousands of people to pursue cricket as their career and Sachin is also among them.


CAC Members Anshuman Gaekwad And Shantha Rangaswamy Vindicated From Conflict Of Interest Charges

Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy have been cleared from the conflict of interest charges by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ethic officer DK Jain.

Jain has labelled the case upon the two as “infructuous”, but the case involving Kapil Dev has still not been decided. Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta filed the complaint against Kapil Dev-led CAC for donning more than one cricketing role which is against the board’s constitution.

All the three members Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy had already resigned from the post after re-electing Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian National cricket team. However, Gaekwad and Rangaswamy have been freed from the charges, but Kapil Dev is yet to get the clearance, DK Jain Said.

“Since they (Gaekwad, Rangaswamy) have resigned from their respective posts, the complaint has been disposed of. In Kapil’s case, the complainant needed more time to file an application, I have given him that,” Jain told PTI on Sunday.

World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev had earlier made it clear that conflict of interest should not be applicable to those who are not being paid for their services.

What is the Conflict of Interest?

According to BCCI, no one can occupy more than one post at the same time, which is under the clause of conflict of interest. This rule has brought Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and even Sourav Ganguly under the scanner.

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Sourav Ganguly. BCCI

Recently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that he will surely take some steps against this rule because of which the legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid are not able to give their inputs in Indian cricket.

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Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ravi Shastri Might Be Removed, BCCI Might Have To Reappoint Him As Team India’s Head Coach: Report

India head coach Ravi Shastri might have to undergo the process to be team India’s head coach again as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might have to re-conduct the appointment process if the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members, who picked him as head coach, find themselves under conflict of interest issue, a report in IANS suggests.

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Yesterday, the three members of CAC were served notice by BCCI’s ethics officer and have been asked to respond by October 10. Shantha Rangaswmy resigned from her post earlier today. Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad are expected to submit their response soon.

Ravi Shastri Might Be Removed, BCCI Might Have To Reappoint Him As Team India's Head Coach: Report 1

CAC is an honorary committee that does the job to pick the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Since they chose Shastri for a second term as head coach, the appointment might be null and void if the BCCI’s officer finds that the members hold more than one position.

“The appointment of Shastri as the head coach will obviously have to be done once again if the committee members who appointed him are found to have conflict of interest. A new committee will then have to be formed and the whole process has to be re-opened and re-done keeping the newly registered BCCI constitution in mind as the constitution now clearly says that only a CAC can appoint the head coach of the Indian team,” a functionary told IANS.

Apart from the appointment of Shastri, WV Raman’s appointment might also be called null and void. He took over the job as head coach of India’s women’s team in December 2018.

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At that time, CAC was an ad-hoc committee but they were again asked to pick the coach of Indian men’s team.

VVS Laxman | Sachin Tendulkar | Sachin Tendulkar |
Cricket Advisory Committee of BCCI.

Prior to them, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman formed the BCCI’s CAC. They all left the committee due to the conflict of interest issue.

As per the rule, the officer will check whether the present CAC members hold more than one position or not. If they hold more than one position in the bord, they would be asked to relinquish one of them.

As per Sanjeev Gupta, MPCA’s member who filed the complaint, Kapil Dev is a commentator, owner of floodlight company and is a member of ICA. Gaekwad owns an academy and is a member of BCCI’s affiliation committee while Rangaswamy is also a member of ICA.

Earlier this week, Rahul Dravid also deposed before ethics officer after being served a conflict of interest notice last month.


Shantha Rangaswamy Resigns From BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee After Being Served With Conflict of Interest Notice

A day after being served a Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain, Shantha Rangaswmay, a member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), has resigned from her post. Rangaswamy, along with Kapil Dev and Anshuman Gaekwad, was issued a notice yesterday.

“I have other plans so have decided to move on. The CAC was anyway meeting once in a year or one in two years so I did not understand the conflict,” she said, as per PTI.

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Sanjeev Gupta, a member of MPCA, had complained against the trio stating that all the members of the CAC fall under the conflict of interest issue. As per BCCI’s rules, no official can hold more than one position in the board.

Shantha Rangaswamy Resigns From BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee After Being Served With Conflict of Interest Notice 2

This very rule saw Rahul Dravid give up his job at IPL in 2017. Ravi Shastri, India head coach, cannot commentate during IPL due to same reason.

Gupta stated that Rangaswamy has roles in CAC and Indian cricketers association. He added that Kapil Dev is a commentator, owns a floodlight company and is also a member of ICA. Gaekwad, as per Sanjeev, owns an academy and is a member of BCCI affiliation committee.

The present CAC member came into existence last year. They first selected WV Raman as the head coach of India’s women’s team and last month, the same committee retained Ravi Shastri as head coach. With Rangaswamy leaving the post, the other members might also give up their positions.

It is to be noted that the previous CAC also gave their positions in the committee due to conflict of interest issue.

VVS Laxman | Sachin Tendulkar | Sachin Tendulkar |
Cricket Advisory Committee of BCCI.

Sachin Tendulkar is the icon of IPL franchise Mumbai Indians. Sourav Ganguly is a mentor of Delhi Capitals, commentator, TV expert and the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

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Laxman is the mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and a commentator. The trio had picked Anil Kumble as head coach in 2016 and Shastri in 2017.

CAC’s next assignment will come when Shastri’s tenure as head coach will come to an end in November 2021.

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Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Google)

Anshuman Gaekwad Reveals Why CAC Members Choose Ravi Shastri For The Head Coach Role

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Anshuman Gaekwad has revealed why they have given the top priority to Ravi Shastri for the next Indian head coach role.

On Friday (16th August), the CAC interviewed the six shortlisted candidates to find out the next Indian head coach. Apart from Gaekwad, Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangaswamy were the other members in the CAC.

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Meanwhile, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput were the shortlisted candidates for that interview along with the present head coach Ravi Shastri. However, on Friday, Simmons pulled out himself from this race.

At the end of that interview, the CAC revealed the top three candidates who could be considered for the next head coach role. In their choice, Shastri was in the top position while Hesson and Moody were in the following two positions, respectively.

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Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Google)

Later, the BCCI reappointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the national cricket team. This tenure will begin from September 2019 to the end of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Ravi Shastri has the advantage – Anshuman Gaekwad

After that interview process, the former Indian cricketer and the two-time head coach of the national team Anshuman Gaekwad clarified the reason for their decision to go with Ravi Shastri. As Shastri knows the Indian players very well and he is well aware of the entire system, the CAC supported him.

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Anshuman Gaekwad (Image Credit: Google)

Gaekwad claimed, “Being the coach, current coach, knowing the boys, he is well versed with the entire system, while the others were not, they had to start. Somebody knows the system, knows the players very well, can communicate well, he has the advantage.”

In 2014, Ravi Shastri was the team director of the India national cricket team. He continued that post till the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

Later, he has joined as the head coach after the conclusion of the ICC Champions trophy 2017. Since then, India have mostly dominated in world cricket. Under his tenure, India won their maiden bilateral ODI series in South Africa and bilateral Test series in Australia. India also won the Asia Cup 2018 in this period.

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In the recently concluded ICC Men’s World Cup 2019, India were the semifinalists. After that tournament, Shastri earned a 45-day extension for the head coach role before retaining this post.

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India captain Virat Kohli has a strong bonding with the head coach Ravi Shastri. Before the ongoing Caribbean tour, Kohli wished to see Shastri in the head coach post for the further time.

However, CAC member Kapil Dev has already clarified that they didn’t consider Kohli’s opinion during the interview process.

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Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Credits - Twitter)

BCCI To Announce The Head Coach Today At 7 PM

Today at 7 PM, BCCI will announce the Indian men’s cricket team Head Coach to handover over the future of India Cricket team. The six candidates Shortlisted by BCCI have been interviewed today by Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) from 10:30 am at BCCI’s Headquarter.

CAC comprising of former India cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy will select the apt candidate among the six shortlisted candidates.

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The six shortlisted candidates are Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Ravi Shastri, Phil Simmons, Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput.

However, the CAC will not make the final selection. It will rank the candidates according to their merits and preferences.

BCCI said that there was a total of 2000 applications for the post of India head coach and the support staff, including the administrative manager of the team. In which merely Six were shortlisted for the head coach interview.

BCCI has to settle on the minimum requirement they had initially advertised for the head coach. The measure remains the same for batting, bowling and fielding coach except for the number of games played. Mike Hesson and Lalchand Rajput are the two for which BCCI has to sacrifice the minimum criteria of ‘minimum of 30 Tests or 50 ODIs played’.

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Mike Hesson was the former coach of New Zealand. He made the team to fight first time in finals in 2015 ODI World Cup. But he had never played international cricket. Rajput was the manager of India cricket team during 2007 world cup. Under His Coaching, Afganistan wins over West Indies for the first time.

Tom Moody, Mike Hesson and Phil Simmons are the three foreign coaches. BCCI has not been in approval of foreign coaches.

Ravi Shastri may lead

Ravi Shastri may lead. Captain Virat Kohli wholeheartedly accepts him. Shastri is the first Coach under which India team has retained the position of No.1 in Test ranking. He has played the role of director with head coach Fletcher in 2014.

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Speaking purely from the results perspective, he (Shastri) has done quite well. So, besides Ravi, all other positions (in the coaching and support staff) in my opinion are open depending on who is applying, their credentials and whether they meet the criteria of the BCCI,” Gaekwad had told Mid-Day.

Present India’s men cricket staff, including Head Coach Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar, was granted 45-days extension period for India Tour with West Indies. Shastri will give his interview at 4 pm through skype as he is with team India.

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