Should Ravi Shastri Be Sacked As India Coach?

By Dhanu Delphi on March 3, 2020

India head coach Ravi Shastri has enjoyed a lot of success for most of his tenure. However, India has failed to win key tournaments, tough series and important games under his leadership as head coach. The two obvious ones in recent times are the 2019 World Cup and the recent series against New Zealand.

Head Coach Must Answer For Failed NZ Tour

India started the NZ tour on a positive note, winning the T20 series but everything went downhill from there. They were whitewashed 3-0 in the ODI series and then outplayed in the test arena as they suffered another 2-0 test series whitewash. What will be more concerning for Indian fans is the way the number one test team played.

India folded like a deck of cards in Christchurch as the game was over in less than 3 days. The visitors clearly did not put up much of a fight. Virat Kohli went on record to say that fear had got the better of the batsmen; they let the conditions and weather influence their thinking and their shot selection in the middle.

Ravi Shastri has said on a number of occasions that his job as head coach is to mainly influence the thinking of the players and get them into the right ‘mindset’ as at this level, making technical adjustments was not required. With Kohli admitting that the batsmen let fear override their thinking and Shastri claiming his job is to get them into the right mindset, it is obvious that Shastri failed on the New Zealand tour.

Shastri hasn’t been able to convince Indian fans or win them over with his style of coaching and these results have once again brought up the debate in social media as to whether Shastri should continue as head coach or if the BCCI needs to take the lead and show him the door.

Should Shastri Stay or Go?

Given his lack of popularity, it is highly likely that polls will have the majority voting for his exit.

Emotional decisions very rarely work out; hence it is important to let a few days pass before BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has a chat with Kohli and Shastri. It is unlikely that Shastri will be shown the door so quickly; he has the support of Virat Kohli and is also very keen to continue as head coach.

It is imperative for the BCCI to not sweep this disastrous performance under the carpet; the ODI series against South Africa, starting on March 12, awaits. When a team has poor results, the role of the head coach is always questioned and must be.