Twitterati welcomes Ravi Shastri as head coach; lauds appointment of Rahul Dravid, Zaheer Khan

It may be recalled here that the Indian cricket team has been without a coach since the ICC Champions Trophy. At the end of the Champions Trophy, Anil Kumble resigned from the post of the head coach.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: July 13, 2017 6:18 pm
Assisting Shastri will be Zaheer Khan, while former India skipper Rahul Dravid was given the role of batting consultant for specific overseas tours

After much drama on Tuesday evening, the Indian team along with its fans finally got to know the man who was set to lead them from the dressing room – Ravi Shastri. Assisting Shastri will be Zaheer Khan who was given the role of the bowling coach for the team while former India skipper Rahul Dravid was given the role of batting consultant for specific overseas tours. Earlier, in the day reports had emerged where it stated that the Shastri is the new coach but Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) categorically denied it only to confirm it later. All the three appointments have been done till the 2019 World Cup which will be held in England.

It may be recalled here that the Indian cricket team has been without a coach since the ICC Champions Trophy. At the end of the Champions Trophy, Anil Kumble resigned from the post of the head coach. However, Shastri’s appointment along with Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan sent social media on fire and Twitterati into a spin. Here are some of the reactions:

Meanwhile, in a statement released the BCCI said, “Ravi Shastri has been the Team Director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as a player and as coach. Zaheer is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years,” and added,  “As the Indian team is to play Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters.”

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