Ravi Shastri to apply for India’s head coach position

Ravi Shastri, who was India's team director in 2014, has decided to apply for the position of the Indian team's head coach. He also rubbished claims that he would apply only after he is assured of actually getting the job.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 27, 2017 8:13 pm
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Former India team director Ravi Shastri has decided to apply for the position of the team’s head coach. “Yes, I have decided to apply for the job,” he confirmed to The Indian Express. Shastri also rubbished claims that he will apply only after he is assured of getting the job. Amid speculation and uncertainty about who would be replacing Anil Kumble, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had invited further applications.

Shastri was director of the Indian cricket team between 2014 and 2016 in which he led the team to the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 T20I World Cup. He had also applied for the job in 2016 but Kumble was chosen over him. The former spinner was offered a one-year contract. Under him, the team beat West Indies in a Test series before inflicting Test defeats on New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia at home. They also won the accompanying limited overs series. India then reached the final of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Kumble turned down an offer to extend his contract just a few days after the end of the Champions Trophy amid rumours of a rift between him and captain Virat Kohli. Although Kohli vehemently denied the validity of such rumours, Kumble confirmed that he was informed of the “reservations” that the Indian captain had with him continuing as the coach.

Shastri is believed to have shared a cordial relationship with Kohli and other members of the team. It is also reported that, prior to Kumble’s appointment, Kohli had recommended Shastri to take over as head coach to the Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of Kumble’s long-time Indian teammates Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

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    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:24 am
    Shastri is not a person for future of Indian cricket be it as coach or administrator.
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      Kevin Castelino
      Jun 28, 2017 at 8:38 am
      In the interest of Indian cricket and considering that world cup is not far away, Virat Kohli's recommendation for coach should be accepted. We loose world cup then sack both Kohli as captain and the would be coach( Ravi Shastri)
      1. S
        Jun 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm
        Ravi Shastri is not a proper replacement for Kumble. Ravi Shastri is more PR related and plays politics. He won't be a good coach. A good coach should call a spade a spade at the appropriate time. The way Kohli and his friends lost to Pakistan should be properly analyzed and if they did what they did to get rid of Kumble, they should be properly dealt with. Some Indian players become arrogant after tasting some success. Hope that is not the case with Kohli. He should look at Dravid, Laxman and Tendulkar and learn some humility. Ravi Shastri may be manipulating Kohli but he is not at the level of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman.
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          Indrajit Roychowdhury
          Jun 27, 2017 at 9:42 pm
          We need to make sure there is no corruption, because lot of money is involved.
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            Indrajit Roychowdhury
            Jun 27, 2017 at 9:40 pm
            There must be an independent selection process for appointment of coach Virat kohli is not tennis player that he will select his own coach.
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                Jun 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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                  Syama uppuluri
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 8:55 pm
                  Thank you very much Mr. Ravi Shastri, for so graciously coming to the rescue of Indian cricket. This is indeed a very wonderful news for the millions of cricket fanatics (Self styled sports lovers)!!!! Long live your selfless service.
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