Former India team director Ravi Shastri on Monday formally applied for the post of India’s head coach left vacant following Anil Kumble’s controversial exit last month.A senior BCCI official confirmed that Shastri has submitted his application ahead of the July 9 deadline.
The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee, that includes Indian stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman has been tasked to find Kumble’s replacement. They are set to interview the candidates on July 10.
The others who have thrown their hat into the ring are Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Venkatesh Prasad, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.One other notable application was that of former West Indies opener Phil Simmons, who has also coached Ireland, shares healthyAfghanistan, and recently Carribean team.”Yes, Ravi has applied and so has Phil Simmons,” the official said.
During Shastri’s tenure, India won limited overs away series against England in 2014, reached the semi-finals of the World Cup and World T20 (2015 and 2016 respectively), won away Test series against Sri Lanka, home series against South Africa and T20 away series against Australia.
Why Ravi Shastri should be the next Coach:
Ravi Shastri fits the “mentor” role perfectly, he’s been a quality cricketer for India, a fierce competitor, but what tips the scales his way is the experience he’s had as a commentator. He’s always been closely involved with the game around the world. What top teams like India need is a mentor, someone with the experience of playing at the highest level, to guide, motivate and instil discipline in players.
Ravi Shastri shares a healthy rapport with the team especially with the captain Virat Kohli. It remains to be seen how the CAC will consider Shastri’s case considering Ganguly backed Kumble over the former India all-rounder when the coach was picked last year.
Irrespective of who will be selected there will be huge expectations from him knowing the fact that he will be replacing Kumble who had such a good record with the Indian team in the past one year.