Mike Hesson congratulates Ravi Shastri

After Ravi Shastri was handed the job to continue as India’s chief coach for the next two years, former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, who had also applied for the same position, congratulated him with a touching a tweet.

Mike Hesson congratulates Ravi Shastri
Mike Hesson congratulates Ravi Shastri

Congratulations @RaviShastriOfc on your reappointed as @BCCI Head Coach. Wish you and the team the best for the coming seasons…..👍

In response, Ravi Shastri said, “Thanks a ton, Mike. Much appreciated. Keep the coaching flag flying.”

It was on Friday, the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy interviewed all the candidates and they felt Ravi Shastri was a class apart from most other candidates and it was so easy for CAC to re-appoint Ravi Shastri as the head coach.

Also, the kinship between Ravi Shastri and the Indian cricket team players has been fabulous.
Under Shastri’s guidance, India won 13 out of 21 Tests and in ODIs, the boys have won 43 out of 60 and 25 out of 36 in T20Is.

The 57-year-old Ravi Shastri was roped in as India’s head coach in July 2017 after Anil Kumble’s contract came to an end under controversial circumstances.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments during the presentation added that Ravi Shastri made a strong statement that he has unfinished business to do in the future.

“There were some pointed questions and one of them to Shastri was what went wrong in the semi-final against New Zealand. He made it clear that one bad day doesn’t make this team bad. In fact, he emphasised on how he has unfinished business as the team now looks to gear up for not one, but two World T20s – 2020 and 2021.

The confidence with which he said this made the committee believe that Shastri is the man who needs to guide this team forward,” the source said.

The source also went on to add that while there were factors in place, one of the major areas where Ravi Shastri beat Mike Hesson to the job was the team’s overall performance under him on foreign soil. Ravi Shastri has got a terrific record in helping the Indian cricket team win a Test series in Australia after a wait of 71 years.

“The CAC was clear about the fact that champion teams do well on foreign soil. Every team does well at home and India has done the same over the years. But the team’s rise on foreign soil has been exemplary under Shastri.

There is no denying the fact that the combination that Shastri and Kohli form is unparalleled in the current scenario and with Shastri acting as the guiding force, this team will only perform better in the times to comes,” the source revealed.

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