Twitterati had a fielded day after incumbent Ravi Shastri retained the position of Team India head coach as Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee made a unanimous decision to hand him his extension on Friday. Shastri’s reappointment has come after Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently gave his vote in the favour of the serving head coach at the time.
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By virtue of the like-minded decision of the CAC, Shastri will remain the head coach of the Men In Blue till 2021. The decision to make sure Shastri remain at the office materialised after the CAC completed interviews of candidates including the likes of Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput.
Ex-West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons had opted to bow out from the race due to personal reasons. With Shastri eclipsing Moody and Hesson to retain the head coach post position, the internet warriors were quick to roll-up their sleeves by standing in solidarity to back the candidature of the veteran coaches.
Speaking to media persons in the press conference at the BCCI headquarters, Kapil said that the Advisory Committee rated Shastri higher than former New Zealand coach Hesson and Moody. “We have unanimously decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the (head) coach of the Indian cricket team as you all were expecting,” Kapil said. “After doing all (interviews), Tom Moody was third after our marking and Mike (Hesson), an intelligent, young boy from New Zealand was a close second. It was a very close,” the CAC head added.
Under Shastri, India managed to claim an unprecedented Test series win in Down Under as India had outclassed Australia to win the four-match Test series for the first time in their history. The win came for Kohli and Co. after back to back series defeats against South Africa and England.
However, Shastri’s stellar run as the head coach came to an abrupt end when India were eliminated by Kane Williamon-led New Zealand in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 hosted by England and Wales. Since Shastri’s took over from his predecessor and former Indian captain Anil Kumble, India have managed to win 11 Tests matches out of possible 21. In 50-over format, the Men In Blue have 45 wins out of 63 under their belt and 25 in 37 games played in the shortest format.