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Satire: Ravi Shastri appointed as next RBI governor

Now that Britain has left the European Union, we are on the verge of a probably prolonged turmoil in financial markets; we badly require a safe pair of hands as governor of the Reserve Bank of India. The question is – who will succeed Raghuram Rajan?

On Sunday morning the news came as a sucker punch – like a tracer bullet! Indian cricket team’s former team director Ravi Shastri will be appointed the RBI governor. That’s out of nowhere, nobody even thought about it. But it’s great news for Ravi. He was utterly disappointed when BCCI chose Anil Kumble as next India coach. He didn’t even hide his irritation on being snubbed, and tried to accuse Sourav Ganguly publicly for his dejection and all that from Thailand! Yes, he is now in Thailand for a summer vacation.

Meanwhile back to RBI governor appointment, the announcement was made by finance minister Arun Jaitley who tweeted that, “Reserve Bank of India will now have a new tracer bullet. Yes, the new governor is none other than legendary Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri. We hope Indian economy will now move forward like a tracer bullet.”

Even PM Narendra Modi congratulated Ravi Shastri as he said Ravi is greatly excited about his new role. “When I spoke to him about this, he said in his characteristic style: ‘Well, uh, absolutely Narendra! This is just what the doctor ordered. We’ve got to make sure Indian economy flashes and flashes hard, until it reaches the desired distance faster than a tracer bullet!’”

It was really too tough a decision to chose the next Reserve Bank of India governor. Even the government put out this ad: ‘Wanted — A Reserve Bank of India governor to bring down interest rates. Should not be talented like Rohit Sharma. He should not have a spine to break the north block’s dictate. He must keep a low profile and let the ministers hog face the cameras. Knowledge of economics is preferable but not necessary. He should not have more women following than dear leader and MOST IMPORTANTLY – he should be, mentally fully Indian.’

The development has been welcomed by cabinet ministers and other BJP leaders. Even former BCCI president N Srinivasan declared that the news further cemented the pride he had for Ravi in his heart.

Just like the race for Indian cricket team’s coaching job, Shastri here also had to face some stiff competition. Anupam Kher, Navjot Singh Sidhu, and even Baba Ramdev was shortlisted for the coveted position. But the most shocking contender was Sunny Leone! Yes, Sunny too was shortlisted but Ravi outsmarted everyone.

Anupam Kher, who’s a very good actor, was the first one to be excluded from this list because of his recent activities.

Baba Ramdev was shortlisted for his excellent understanding of business. Given his entrepreneurial skills, he is currently earning in crores of rupees from his Patanjali businesses, why would he take a low-paid job at the RBI?

Some suggested after Rajan, it would be a great move to go for another NRI, to repair some of the damage done by his exit, which brought Sunny Leone to the list. Sunny is not from the US, she’s from Canada. But unfortunately, she turns out to be the number one Indian searched on Google, even more than the prime minister. That angered our dear leader Narendra Modi and ruled out poor Sunny.

Union government zeroed in on Ravi Shastri as the former left-arm spinner, these days, likes to remain low profile off the field. He doesn’t want to be involved in controversies barring the recent one with Sourav Ganguly. He is the ideal man for this job!

Our thoughts – Go Ravi Go. The country needs you.

Disclaimer: This article is written for only humour, and should be take in the same jest.


BCCI did not communicate with players while appointing Kumble as coach: Reports

There is no end to all the controversies surrounding the appointment of Anil Kumble as the head coach of Indian cricket team. Now according to a report published in Times of India, it is said that the leading members of the Indian team were not communicated while making a choice for the head coach. TOI also adds that the public statement given by Ravi Shastri backing the test captain to lead in all formats of the game misfired and was the main factor behind Shastri not been appointed as the coach.


Shastri was appointed as the director of Indian cricket team during India tour to England in 2014 and went on to coach India till world cup 2016. When BCCI advertised for the post of head coach of Indian team, he was also in the fray and was quite hopeful that he may be made that the coach of Indian team citing his better communication and relation with the test captain Virat Kohli. Also under him, Indian team performed well. But he went empty handed when the head coach was announced.

He did not control himself and said that he is very disappointed with the snub.


Shastri was probably the   best choice for the coach until Kumble applied for the post, though Kumble does not have any experience of coaching a team but yes he had been the mentor of Mumbai Indians and Royal challengers Bangalore in the past. His experience and his success at international level backed his cause.


The appointment of Kumble has come up with a surprise to Shastri as he says that Sourav Ganguly was not present during his interview and he wished that Dada was there. Sources also reveal that Anil Kumble was the first choice of Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin backed his choice by quoting that Indian team have failed to win two world cups played under Shastri and also the record of the Indian team on foreign under Shastri have not been changed. The board had no answers to the issues raised by Sachin Tendulkar so Kumble was appointed as the coach.

Yesterday, BCCI announced that Sanjay Bangar and Abhay Sharma will also travel with the team. Bangar is appointed as the batting coach whereas Sharma is appointed as fielding coach of the team.


Sourav Ganguly prefers confidentiality, ducks Ravi Shastri’s bouncer

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who believed to have played the most significant role in appointing Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, reacted to Ravi Shastri’s recent claim with a diplomatic approach. Yesterday Shastri claimed that when he was being interviewed by the BCCI-nominated four-member panel, Ganguly was not there. The CAB president ducked the bouncer from former Team India director with a perfect reply saying the interview (process) was a “confidential” matter.

“Well, actually he wasn’t there,” Shastri told on Friday as he was asked: ‘You mention Sachin, Laxman, and Sanjay Jagdale. No questions from Ganguly’?

Reacting to this question on Saturday, Ganguly told: “The (coach selection) interview is absolutely confidential. I don’t want to talk about Shastri’s comment. You should also ask the other members of the (cricket) advisory committee.”

Shastri also cannot hide his disappointment being snubbed. “I was very disappointed. Disappointment because the hard work entire unit had put in in the last 18 months. To see where they were when the support staff and I took over and to where they reached in 18 months makes me feel proud. They got up, threw punches and ended up where they were. No 1 in Test cricket, No 1 in T20, No 2 in ODI. You can’t ask for more.”

Ganguly, the CAB president, revealed Shastri’s interview was conducted between 5 and 6pm (IST) at Taj Bengal on Tuesday, when Ganguly had to go to Eden to attend the CAB working committee meeting. He then rejoined the process around 6.30 in the evening.

Meanwhile, the former India team director didn’t appear in person, rather he joined from Bangkok via video linkup. He was considered to be a strong favourite until Anil Kumble entered the ring.

The latter ultimately bagged the job despite not making the 21-member BCCI shortlist as the chart had been prepared from the list of 57 probables.

Now as the interview drama is over,  there are some bigger issues need to be looked at. Many believe the scrutiny process was to some extent a bit faulty. Some applicants made presentations and were interviewed in person, some by Skype. From the advisory committee, Tendulkar was on holiday and did his interviews through video conferencing while Sourav Ganguly wasn’t even present when Shastri made his case via skype from Thailand!

The entire process looks loose and makeshift rather than a robust one. For such a vital position, definitely, there would have been a way the entire advisory committee could meet all candidates in person.

Also, the biggest miff is Kumble’s appointment is for just one year. This clearly reflects division in the BCCI over the selection procedure and points out a lack of faith in the appointee. BCCI should have backed the coach fully, with at least a three-year term before the 2019 World Cup. That would have given Kumble more time, rather than work under the pressure of producing ‘instant magic’.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

Twitter reactions: Ravi Shastri’s return to the commentary box

The appointment of Anil Kumble as team India’s coach has not gone down too well with Ravi Shastri who was one of the applicants for the post. Well Shastri has his reasons to be disappointed. The former cricketer had a very successful stint as the  Director of Team India for 18 months.

After taking over as the team’s director of cricket in 2014 after India lost 1-3 in Tests to England,  the Indian team achieved new heights. The Indian team won the ODI series in England, reached the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup in 2015, won their first Test series in Sri Lanka 2-1 after 22 years and climbed to the Number 1 position in the Test rankings, after thrashing South Africa 3-0 in a series at home.

So its not surprising that the outgoing director has expressed his disappointment.Asked if he was disappointed at not having been selected the Indian coach, Shastri has been quoted as saying, “Yes, for the work put in, and results produced in the last 18 months. But if it (tenure) was for only one year then, not really.”

The twitterati were quick to react to Ravi Shastri’s return to the commentary box. While some trolled him, there were few who appreciated Shastri for his commendable job as team India’s director.






Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri sulks as Kumble is appointed as India coach

As Anil Kumble entered the fray to become India coach, all the equations altered as before Anil’s entry into the list, Ravi Shastri was a clear favourite for the job. But Kumble’s appointment left Shahstri to lament and reflect on his two-year stint with Indian team as a Team Director.

Shastri was appointed team India’s Team Director when India lost the four-match Test series in England 3-1. Indian players have lost their confidence. But Shastri instilled confidence in them and subsequently, India won the ODI series.

Shastri has played five Tests matches alongside Anil Kumble in early 1990s. The former Indian allrounder said the decision of BCCI would have no impact on his personal equation with Kumble.

Shastri also said Kumble called him as the 15 days long appointment process completed.  “Anil called me as soon as the appointment was made,” he told a cricket website Wisden.

“I told him that he has a fantastic bunch of boys to work with, and I’m sure he’ll take them to greater heights. He asked me if he could talk to me further, and I said anytime. I wish him only the very best,” Shastri further added.

In 2014 August Shastri was appointed as team director. India failed to win the Test series in Australia, followed by that they lost the triangular series. But in the World Cup India reached the semifinal of 2015 World Cup. And again lost another series this time to Bangladesh.

But in 2016, India won the in the tour to Sri Lanka, and a 3-0 Test series victory against South Africa at home followed.

“I’m immensely proud of what we achieved in those 18 months,” he said. “The boys were at a very low ebb at the time I took over as team director. From there, we went from strength to strength. We were briefly No. 1 in the Test rankings, No. 2 in ODIs and No. 1 in T20s.

“What gave me greatest satisfaction though were the performances overseas. We showed great heart and character in Australia. We won a one-day series in England for the first time in 24 years. We beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka for the first time since 1993. And the icing on the cake was the World Cup – seven wins on the trot before losing to the eventual champions in the semifinal.”

However, many thought Shastri failed to fail to make the cut because he failed to take India beyond the finishing line in the major tournaments.

“If you look at the three major events, we lost to the eventual winners in two of them – Australia at the World Cup, and to West Indies in the final over of the World Twenty20 semifinal,” he said. “And we won the Asia Cup. If that’s your definition of failure, then I don’t know what to say.”

But when asked whether he was surprised with the decision of BCCI as after 5-1 Test series victories and with 13 Test series to hold in India.  “I’m not surprised,” said Shastri. “I’d say disappointed.”

Disappointed Shastri said,  “It’s like planting a tree and then cutting it down just as it’s beginning to bear fruit.”

“We’d done the hard work overseas, and now, after the upcoming tour of the West Indies, we have a lengthy home season, where we could have really turned the screws. But it’s not to be, and that’s life.

“At the time I took over and in the months that followed, the BCCI was being hammered left and right – by the courts, in the media, by the fans. The one shining light was the performance of the Indian cricket team. But nothing surprises me when it comes to Indian cricket,” Shastri signed off.

Ravi Shastri

Reasons: why Ravi Shastri was not selected as coach of team India

Anil Kumble has beaten Ravi Shastri to become Indian coach. Both were outstanding cricketers and performed with much pride and honour for the country. But, Kumble was a match-winner on Indian pitches and performed creditably abroad, Shastri’s centuries against the four top-class fast bowlers of West Indies was no less inspiring. At his peak, he was one of the best all-rounders in ODI cricket. Having good managerial skill, Ravi Shastri did not get the responsibility of Indian coach. There are few reasons behind it.

The special committee of BCCI comprising former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have selected Anil Kumble’s name and forwarded to BCCI President Anurag Thakur. Kumble played most of time in his career with Sourav, Sachin and laxman. But, Ravi Shastri ended his career before they started. So, his cricketing sense might be unknown to them. Being coach of Indian team, disparate abilities, mindsets, temperaments and backgrounds are needed. Here, Kumble is slight ahead of Shastri.

Both are influential figures in Indian cricket. But Kumble oozes composure and has the requisite characteristics India need right now to solidify themselves as a powerhouse across the formats. Shastri would have been a gamble and there was just too much risk involved in hiring him. Kumble is the safe and smart selection.

An interesting aspect in this is Ravi Shastri’s presence as the Media Representative. These appointments alone explain the subtle difference between these two experienced candidates vying to become India’s next coach. While Kumble has held various, diverse roles over the years, from being the President of the KSCA, overseeing the National Cricket Academy as its Chairman and mentoring the RCB. Shastri, before being India’s Team Director, has largely  travelled around the world in his role in broadcasting media. In addition, Kohli’s aggressive, win-at-all-costs approach will find the perfect complement in Kumble’s calm, level-headedness and tactical prudence.

Indian cricket has its own equations. The board president is all powerful and can take decisions that he deems fit. The irony is that this president is trying so hard to avoid just that for the sake of transparency and responsibility. But as it was said in a different culture at a different time: More the change, more it stays the same.

Though, BCCI have recognised the contribution of Team Director Ravi Shastri under whom India marched to the semi-finals in the ICC World Cup held in Australia and the ICC World T20 India 2016.

“With him as Team Director, India won the Test series in Sri Lanka after a gap of 22 years and also outplayed South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test home series before clinching the Asia Cup,” the BCCI said.

Anil Kumble during a press conference.
Anil Kumble during a press conference.

BCCI names Anil Kumble as the new Indian coach

After a long wait Indian players finally got their new coach. In early June, BCCI advertised for the post of a head coach. A total of 57 candidates applied for the lucrative post.

BCCI President Anurag Thakur on Thursday named former India skipper Anil Kumble as the head coach of the national cricket team for the next one year.

The decision was taken after Sourav Ganguly, one of the members of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) also comprising Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman, met Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke at the ongoing cricket conclave.

Legendary Indian spinner Anil Kumble has become the new Indian coach. Kumble is currently the chief of ICC’s Cricket Committee and also a commentator. He also played the role of mentor for IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.

Kumble’s tenure will last for one year. However, BCCI didn’t announce the name of the support staffs.  Names of bowling coach, fielding coach and trainer  are also not announced.

BCCI later in an advertisement mentioned candidates who know Hindi will get a preference. After this advertisement, BCCI almost made it clear that they will choose an Indian coach breaking the tradition of last decade.

“Anil Kumble has been a match-winner for India and his records speaks for himself,” BCCI president  Anurag Thakur said.  The BCCI president further added, “We wanted the best for India. We, in fact, deserve the best. And, we have Anil Kumble for that.”

“After discussions, we have taken a final call that for one year Anil Kumble will be the head coach,” Thakur told a packed press conference on the sidelines of the board’s first-ever annual cricket conclave here.

“Indian cricket team deserves the best coach, BCCI has complete faith in Kumble. It is not about an Indian or a foreign coach, it is about best coach for India,” he added.

Thakur also said that the support staff will be announced at a later date after further deliberations.

“Bowling and batting coaches will be decided later,” the BJP MP from Hamirpur said.

“Kumble will be now transforming himself from a great cricketer to coach, and that’s why he has been appointed for a year as of now,” BCCI secretary  Ajay Shirke said.

Initially, BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) shortlisted 21 candidates which was later cut to just 10 names, and among them, were seven candidates from India and three were overseas candidates.

Kumble’s tenure will start from India’s West Indies tour. Indian new coach appointed one year after Duncan Fletcher’s tenure ended as India lost the World Cup 2015 semifinal to Australia at Sydney.

Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, and Parvin Amre were the big Indian names in the list while Tom Moody, Andy Moles, and Stuart Law. But in the last couple days, the speculations was going on that the Cricket Advisory Committee will select an Indian candidate for the coaching job. And for the post-Kumble and Shastri was the biggest contender.

Former New Zealand cricketer John Wright was India’s first foreign coach. And then Greg Chappell became Indian coach for two years. Garry Kirsten has become India’s most successful coach after John Wright. Under Kirsten’s coaching, India won the 2010 Asia Cup and the 2011 World Cup.

Anil Kumble’s first assignment with the national team will be the gruelling four-match Test tour to the West Indies next month.

Anil Kumble or Ravi Shastri

Who is better for Team India: Anil Kumble or Ravi Shastri?

Who will become the next India coach? Anil Kumble or Ravi Shastri? The drama finally will come to an end this evening as the announcement will be done today.

An interesting Wednesday began with Kumble being the frontrunner, and then a suspenseful wait which brought back Ravi Shastri in the picture. On Tuesday evening, Kumble shared his own vision with former team-mates, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman; while  Shastri had made his point clear with a video interaction.

It’s probably the second-most top-priority job in our country. With may be the burden of pleasing more people than even the prime minister has to do.

So, when the Indian cricket team’s coaching job is offered to one of India’s most beloved cricketing souls, there will obviously be expectations of high octane.

Anil Kumble may have been relatively a late entrant into the long list of candidates for the Indian coaching job but his outstanding pedigree and vision to make the team successful abroad may now have given him the steering wheel of Indian cricket.

What sets apart Anil Kumble from the other candidates is definitely his list of achievements as a player.

He became an institution with his hard work, work ethic, and diligence. His ‘never back down’ like outstanding ability marked him out from the other Indian cricketers. Whenever the team looked for someone who has stumbled, got up and achieved great feats and then taught the same to the youngsters, then Kumble has to be your man.

Anil Kumble’s match winning credentials, wicket-taking abilities including the ten-wicket haul are all now a significant part of this country’s cricketing folklore. The famous image of him bowling with a bandage all over his face in 2002 at Antigua is still recalled even by the young generation as a moment of grit.

But it’s not the numbers, Kumble’s most successful achievement was to reinvent his inner abilities time to time, just like he displayed from the 2003-04 Australia tour onwards. It showed a great character who even in that stage was always eager to evolve and imbibe. Towards the end, his calm composure and demeanour as India Test skipper particularly on the bank of the Monkeygate scandal in 2007-08 is still lauded by every cricket lover.

So, the man who is holding a CV like his , it is really difficult to overlook Kumble as he reportedly has taken the lead to become India’s next head coach, leaving behind Ravi Shastri

In the coming days when the Test squad will feature some uncertain inexperienced youngsters and an over the top skipper like Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble looks to be the balm which will soothe the nerves.

Kumble still enjoys the stature and the position in Indian cricket to persuade a young team to learn the basics from him. He has always been there and done that. To be frank, he had to encounter more failures than successes, so he has the credibility to understand the mindset of an average young Indian cricketer.

Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri has given some impressive results as well. Two Test series victory against Sri Lanka and South Africa, reaching the World Cup semi-final and then the World T20 semi-final, India enjoyed a decent run of form under the former all-rounder.

Keeping his focus more on the mental aspect of playing, Shastri is definitely a unique blend of a coach who can lead any youngster and a manager who always keeps in mind how to the comfort the players off the field. From defending his boys at disciplinary hearings to quickly arrange an impromptu surprising dinner, Ravi Shastri has always prioritised the team’s best interests.

Even players have been quite impressed to see Shastri’s great technical knowledge. Suresh Raina had also acknowledged that his shot-making through cover and mid-off has improved as he changed his stance last year after Shastri’s advice.

Despite having the positive aspects Ravi Shastri may well be leapfrogged by Anil Kumble in terms of his visionary approach, not having any prior coaching experience doesn’t stand against him.

Indian cricket would definitely be well served if the reins of the team are handed to a leading figure like Anil Kumble. If you have to test the theory of opposites attract, then it can be in no better time than this with Kumble as head coach and Kohli as captain.

Both look as different as chalk and cheese, most probably making it the perfect combination to take Indian cricket move forward.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar to select new India head coach by video link

Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar along with former greats Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were given the responsibility to select the new head coach for Team India who will also be accompanied by Sanjay Jagdale , a senior BCCI offical.

However, since Sachin Tendulkar was not available in the country right now, the player has decided to help the board in selecting the coach using video conference facilities.

BCCI has received an unbelievable 57 applications for the head coach job which were later trimmed to 21 applications as they satisfy the criteria specified by the board.

The aforementioned committee were given the responsibility to pick the best available person from the received applications.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has added that Sachin Tendulkar, who is out of the country, “has confirmed his availability and when required through video conference facilities,” in a statement released on Thursday.

“The said committee… will process and scrutinise all the applications, conduct interviews and seek presentations from candidates as the committee deems fit,” said BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in the statement.

The committee can also review any of the 57 candidates if they feel that one of the trimmed candidates could be looked into.

“Should the committee desire to look at all the 57 applications as well, the said will be made available to them,” the statement added.

The committee has exactly one week to pick out the head coach for Team India as they have to submit the report by June 22 and an official announcement about the appointment of new coach is speculated to be on June 24.

Some of the big Indian names like Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Pail, Venkatesh Prasad along with some high profile foreign coaches likes Stephen Fleming, Jason Gillespie are all in the race to procure one of the most coveted jobs in cricket.

The Indian cricket team had a vacant head coach position since 2015 world cup. However, Ravi Shastri has played the role of Team driector till 2016 T20 World cup.

BCCI's 1st annual conclave begins in Dharamsala
BCCI's 1st annual conclave begins in Dharamsala

BCCI selects 21out of 57 applications for Team India coach job

One of the most high-profile jobs in cricket right now is undoubtedly the head coach position for Team India. As many as 57 applications were received by the board for the job and  as many as 21 were found to satisfy the criteria specified by BCCI as per the media release made by BCCI today.

It is also further understood that Sanjay Jagdale will act as the chief co-ordinator for the cricket advisory committee which will have the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman to finalize the selection of the head coach. Jagdale has earlier worked as the secretary for BCCI.

The Indian head coach has attracted applications from some high-profile names and the board is looking to have the best available option as they keep the responsibility on three batting legends.

“The cricket advisory committee which consists of three eminent cricketers, namely Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr.Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman in association with Mr. Sanjay Jagdale, who will act as Chief Coordinator of this committee for the purpose of the selection of the Head Coach will be handed over the 21 eligible applications,” stated the release.

“Mr. Sanjay Jagdale brings a wealth of cricket and cricket administration experience to help run the operations of this committee smoothly. The said committee under the coordination of Mr. Jagdale will process and scrutinise all the applications, conduct interviews and seek presentations from candidates as the committee deems fit.

“Should the committee desire to look at all the 57 applications as well, the said will be made available to them. The committee will be required to go through the process and on completion, recommend its choice of selection to the President of the BCCI, Mr. Anurag Thakur, through the Hony Secretary,” the statement added.

Many former Indian cricketers have applied for the job but Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri, Sandeep Patil and Venkatesh Prasad looks like the front runners for the coveted job at the moment.

The advisory committee will give its final report on the head coach job candidates on June 22 and the official announcement about the new coach could very well be declared on June 24.