Ravi Shastri is the new Indian cricket team coach. He takes over from Anil Kumble who was hired as the head coach in 2016.
In June this year, the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) advertised the position, requesting that candidates send in their applications. Kumble’s application was also given in, however, after he and the team’s captain, Virat Kohli, had some difficulties, Kumble chose to withdraw his application.
The final decision regarding the head coach was made by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which is made up of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly. The committee made the decision after Kohli strongly recommended that Shastri be given the job. Zaheer Khan, a former fast bowler, will take on the role of bowling coach, and Rahul Dravid will be the team’s batting consultant as needed.
It has been said that Ganguly had reservations about choosing Shastri for the role of head coach, however, the skipper’s request to hire him for the position helped to sway the decision.
When asked why he only applied for the head coach position after the deadline was extended, Shastri commented: “I had not really wrapped my head around the gravity of the situation.”
He noted that after giving it some serious thought, he realized that since he had “enjoyed a great working relationship” with the team, that he should be part of making it work again.
“That’s when I knew it was time for me to apply again,” said Shastri.
It’s a Captain’s Team
As the former Team Director, Shastri already has a positive rapport with Kohli and support staff. He had appointed Sanjay Bangar to the role of assistant coach, and R Sridhar as the fielding coach when he held his previous role.
Shastri explained: “I’m simply going to press the refresh button, and begin from where I left. I know what I’m stepping into, players have an idea of what’s coming, so that ticks the first box. Just to give you an idea, I won’t be spending the first six to eight months in the job warming up to the team. That has already been accomplished in my previous stint. This time, it’s going to be about getting on the job from day one.”