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Shastri tipped to continue as India’s chief coach


Even after India’s exit from ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, head coach Ravi Shastri is not willing to step down anytime soon. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may have invited candidates for all coaching posts, but coach Ravi Shastri is heavily tipped to coach even after his extension period until the end of West Indies tour.

Shastri tipped to continue as India's chief coach
Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri discuss at the training session.

The new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy is believed to be in support of Ravi Shastri continuing as a coach.

On the contrary, Indian fans are not too happy with Shastri’s work so far. Under Shastri, India already lost two World Cup semis.

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Speaking to news agency Gulf News during the World Cup in England, Dev praised Team India’s performance and said: “I was not expecting the team to dominate this way. There might have been up and downs in two matches but hats off to them. Cricket throughout was par excellence.”

Meanwhile, former Indian opener Gaekwad said Ravi Shastri had done a good job. Speaking to a Mumbai daily soon after becoming a CAC member, Gaekwad said: “Speaking purely from the results perspective, he [Shastri] has done quite well.

So besides Ravi, all other positions [in the coaching and support staff] in my opinion are open depending on who are applying, their credentials and whether they meet the criteria of the BCCI.”

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai had said that formal interviews for the fresh candidates will happen on August 13 and 14, highlighting the fact that Indian skipper Virat Kohli will not interfere in the selection of the future coach.

This statement is to confirm that, even if Ravi Shastri is re-appointed, it is not due to Virat Kohli’s backing. Well, it is no secret that Kohli would surely want Shastri to coach Team India again because both of them share a great deal of camaraderie with each other.

Though it appears that Ravi Shastri may hold on to his role, it is quite clear that batting coach Sanjay Bangar may not be considered for the role again.

Sanjay Bangar drew criticism for his failure to give stability in the team’s middle order.

Nevertheless, Bharat Arun may continue to be bowling coach as he combined with Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah to give good results.

Though fielding coach R. Sridhar worked pretty hard on training and shaping fielders, his charges were not as good as their New Zealand counterparts.

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