Shastri retained as India coach
In the latest development, Ravi Shastri has been retained as the chief coach of the Indian cricket team as he has signed a two-year contract.
The Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee, which held the interviews with short-listed candidates at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters on Friday decided to give Ravi Shastri one more chance to prove himself.
The 57-year-old Shastri is geared for his third stint at the Indian team and the captain Virat Kohli must be blissfully pleased as punch after coming to know this news.
Ravi Shastri who is currently with the team’s set-up in the West Indies didn’t attend the interview in person and instead, he did it via Skype and gave a detailed presentation on the road map for the future.
The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy interviewed five short-listed candidates namely Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody and Shastri respectively. All the candidates were interviewed throughout the day before giving the job to Ravi Shastri.
It has been learnt that CAC had originally selected 6 candidates, but West Indies’ Phil Simmons opted out of the interview panel citing personal reasons.
Shastri is now in his second stint, having also played the role of the Team Director previously with the Indian cricket team. Under his tutelage of him, Indian team reached the semifinals of the World Cup in 2015 and WT20 in 2016.
While top officials in the Board confirmed that the CAC was indeed impressed with the presentation of former New Zealand coach Hesson, the decision to reappoint Ravi Shastri was taken into consideration keeping his track record in mind. “Both Hesson and Moody came up with good presentations. They had a clear road map for the future,” one of the officials said.
Shastri’s impressive track record with the Indian team and his relationship with the Indian players helped him retain the job. Before jetting off to West Indies, India skipper Virat Kohli had said: “With Ravi bhai, all of us have a great camaraderie. Everyone in the team shares mutual respect and we have done well together as a group. We will be very happy if he is continuing as the coach,” Kohli had said.
CAC members made it very clear that they did not consult with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli before giving another term to Shastri.