CAC chief explains reason behind picking Ravi over Hesson
Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) re-appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of India despite not being able to win the World Cup.
When the cricket world was expecting to see Mike Hesson as the new head coach of India, Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) stunned everyone as they re-appointed Ravi Shastri.
Since the announcement, they have faced several criticisms and were also accused of dirty politics stating that Shastri was going to become the coach once again anyway.
However, CAC chief Kapil Dev explained in a press conference on Thursday that Shastri was not the top candidate for the head coach role. He also insisted the former Kiwi coach had almost toppled Shastri.
“It was not a walk in the park for Shastri as some of you seem to believe. Hesson was really close to getting the go-ahead. It is there for all to see how the New Zealand team improved by leaps and bounds under him across all formats.. From being the perennial surprise package in big-ticket events, they had become a champion side under him and that is something that really impressed the CAC.”
“Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached their first-ever World Cup final in 2015. While he did resign in 2018, the Kiwis playing their second final on the trot in 2019 also had a lot to do with what Hesson brought to the table. His strategizing with the senior members in the team can’t be discounted,” he explained.
Kapil also directly said that the Indian captain Virat Kohli wasn’t consulted before taking the call and in the end the only reason why Hesson was not picked because he played less cricket than Shastri.
“The CAC felt that Shastri’s proven record as a player was one area that needed to be give due recognition as one’s own stature might become an area of concern when handling a team which has big names.”
“Hesson hadn’t played enough cricket himself and as we know started coaching in his early twenties. Shastri on the other hand played 80 Test matches and 150 ODIs. That is something that went against the Kiwi,” he concluded.
The statement must come in as a shocker for the former Kiwi coach, who left the Kings XI Punjab job and didn’t even apply for the head coach role of Bangladesh and Pakistan thinking that he was set to become the coach of India.