Published: Sun, August 18, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

"Privilege And Honour", Says Ravi Shastri After Reappointment As India Coach


On Friday, Shastri was reappointed for two years by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), a decision that was expected.

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It's pertinent to note that there are several coaches - Hesson, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Mickey Arthur, Lalchand Rajput among them - now looking for assignments, whether in T20 leagues, domestic cricket in different countries, or being attached to some global team. Shastri, who was part of the national team that took part in this year's World Cup, was the CAC's top preference. However he shares a close bonding with the Indian captain Virat Kohli and most of the other players as well. We need to identify another three-four bowlers to add to the pool, those are the challenges so that the team at the end of my tenure in 26 months is in a happier place.

One can debate the choice made by Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy.

The BCCI has also invited applications for the positions of batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, physiotherapist, strength and conditioning coach as well as an administrative manager - with the appointments to be made soon.

It is still not clear on what basis the Prasad-chaired selection committee has been entrusted with the duty of appointing Shastri's colleagues.

The candidates were primarily marked on five aspects - coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication and knowledge of modern tools.

Shastri, who was offered a 45-day extension in light of the West Indies tour coming quick on the heels of the World Cup campaign, will start his new tenure with the home series against South Africa.

"Basically, being the current coach, knowing the boys well, knowing the problems well in the team and what needs to be done".

In 21 Tests since July 2017, under Shastri, India won 13 of them with a victory percentage of 52.38.

The only blip could be the fact that in 2015 World Cup in Australia (when he was Team Director) and the last edition in United Kingdom, the team couldn't go beyond the semi-finals. In fact, the search for the number four position had begun two years ago but no batsman was given a longer run. While Shastri got the job, Mike Hesson came second and Tom Moody came third.

Fielding coach R. Sridhar will face tough competition from the likes of South African Jonty Rhodes.

Team India sporting the special cap. They have already won the T20 and ODI series convincingly. Under his coaching, the Kiwis reached their first-ever World Cup final in 2015 where they lost to Australia.

But the complete domination in the Caribbean, in both T20s and ODIs, indicates that he has been doing most of the things correctly.

According to the new BCCI constitution, the powers to select the support staff are vested to the BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.

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