Is Ravi Shastri’s re-appointment BCCI’s choice or Kohli’s?
Former Indian cricketer, Ravi Shastri regains his position as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Shastri has been re-appointed for a 2-year term in conclusion to which will stretch till the 2021 ICC World T20.
CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) led by former Indian captain Kapil Dev and they re-selected Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian cricket team.
A few days ago, BCCI shortlisted six candidates to take up the interview for the head coach position. included Ravi Shastri (Ind), Robin Singh (Ind), Tom Moody (Aus), Lalchand Rajput (Ind), Mike Hesson (NZ) and Phil Simmons (WI). Almost 200 candidates applied for the top job.
There were hardly any surprises in the Cricket Advisory Committee’s announcement and Ravi Shastri getting a two-year extension in his current job along expected lines.
Ravi Shastri’s cricketing Journey
For over a decade, Ravi Shastri rendered yeoman service to Indian cricket in many ways. As an obdurate opening or middle-order batsman; as a left-arm spinner who was an integral part of the attack; and as long-time deputy to a couple of captains. In his time he was very much the glamour boy of Indian cricket, tall and good-looking and with an image to match.
Two years ago, Ravi Shastri became the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Before this, he worked as the director of the Indian cricket team. Ravi Shastri’s contract as the Head coach ended after India’s World Cup 2019 campaign. BCCI gave a two-month extension to Ravi Shastri.
Glorious moments for Ravi Shastri
The World Championship of Cricket in 1985 marked a new chapter in India’s cricketing journey. Not only was it one of those rarely televised tournaments in India but it also marked the start of one-day cricket as we know it today – with coloured clothes and under floodlights. India were also in with a mission to prove that their 1983 World Cup win was no fluke. He maintained his top form throughout, both with the ball and as an opener and helped India win each of their matches en route the trophy.
Ravi Shastri’s biggest highlight was winning the Man of the Tournament award at the 1985 World Series in Australia.
Another defining moment came in the domestic circuit, against Tilak Raj of Baroda. In one of those instances of breaking out of his perceived defensive mould, Shastri launched an offence that culminated in six sixes in an over – a record achieved by only three others in the world till date.
What may have led to Shastri’s reappointment?
Ravi Shastri was the frontrunner and was widely endorsed to retain the job. Captain Virat Kohli shares a warm relationship with Ravi Shastri, which may have been a major factor in the reappointment. A few days ago, Virat Kohli said in an interview that he will support Ravi Shastri staying on as the team’s head coach.
Team India did not win any major international trophy during Ravi Shastri’s tenure. However, under his guidance Team India performed well in foreign tours like Test & ODI series win in Australia, and ODI series win in South Africa to name a few.
Team India’s performance during Shastri’s first stint as head coach
The first time Ravi Shastri coached India was in a two-Test series against Bangladesh in 2007 as an interim coach. It was after Greg Chappell had resigned. Shastri’s designation at that time was Cricket Manager.
Did you know? Ravi Shastri coached India for two test matches after sudden resignation of then’s coach Greg Chappell.
Between June 2015 and March 2016, Shastri again filled the gap after Duncan Fletcher’s resignation and before Anil Kumble was given the post of head coach. Shastri was appointed as Team Director after India lost the 2014 series in England. Under Shastri’s stewardship as the Team Director, India’s performance was commendable at home similarly overseas across the formats T20s, ODIs tournaments, and Test Matches.
In July 2017 Shastri was appointed as Head Coach for the national side. The decision was taken by a Cricket Advisory Committee comprising fromer cricketing legends Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar.
As per his previous contract, Shastri was paid Rs 8 crore (Rs 80 million) per year.
CAC on Shastri’s selection
“We gave marks out of 100. There was a difference between very small numbers, which amazed us as well. Hesson and Moody were very good too,” said CAC member Kapil Dev to the media.
“Being the current coach, knowing the boys and problems in the team, he is well-versed in the system. Somebody who knows the system, he has the advantage,” said Anshuman Gaekwad.
And it’s confidential
Moreover, Shastri is seeking his fourth stint with the team and his previous term, as head coach, started in July 2017.
A reporter asked Kapil Dev on what stood out in Ravi Shastri’s application and in his interview. Dev responded by saying: “That is confidential.”
Like Shastri shares an amicable relationship with the Indian players Shastri’s appointment is expected to maintain the stability of the Indian squad. And seems to be a good move by the Cricket Advisory Committee.