Ravi Shastri Again: All speculations were put to rest after the three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) led by Kapil Dev announced reappointment of Ravi Shastri as head coach of Indian cricket team.
Shastri, who will be the coach till 2021 World T20 hosted by India, outwitted former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput along with former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Australian Tom Moody to the post.
“Ravi Shastri will continue as team India head coach. We gave marks out of 100. There was a very small difference, which amazed us as well. Hesson and Moody were very good too,” he told reporters in Mumbai on Friday.
Earlier, Phil Simons, former West Indies player and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons, opted out of the race for personal reasons.
Shastri was the frontrunner to retain his position as he had built an extremely close working relationship with Captain Virat Kohli.
The world’s number one batsman had also said that his team will be happy if Shastri continued as the head coach.
Shastri’s contract had expired after India’s World Cup 2019 campaign, but he was granted a 45-day extension to accompany the team on their tour to West Indies.
Batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar’s contracts were also extended for the said period.
This is Shastri’s third term with the Indian team as he held the positions of Team Director (2014-2016), head coach (from 2017), following the exit of Anil Kumble.
Replying to a query, Kapil said the CAC members did not take any inputs from Kohli.
“We didn’t take any inputs from Virat. If we had done that, we would have taken inputs from the entire team,” he said.
Shastri has an unblemished record as coach. Under his guidance, India had claimed the number one slot as a Test side in the world and won a series in Australia for the first time in 71 years.
India also had reached 2019 World Cup semifinals during Shastri’s tenure, but were knocked out by New Zealand, despite performing exceedingly well in the group stages.
Another CAC member Anshuman Gaikwad said Shastri has a very good communication skills and knows the boys very well.
“He (Shastri) is well versed with the system and knows the boys very well. He has a good understanding with the boys and has good communication skills,” he said.
Shastri and Moody gave their interviews via Skype, while Singh, Rajput and Hesson atended the interview in person at the BCCI headquarters.