Ever since Anil Kumble resigned as the Indian cricket team’s head coach, a lot of drama and excitement had surrounded the appointment of the new coach. Putting an end to all of this, certain media reports claimed that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) announced Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of India on July 11, Tuesday. It was said that the former cricketer will serve term till 2019 World Cup. Not surprisingly, the ‘announcement’ resulted in a flurry of reactions on Twitter. After weeks of speculation, as people thought that the committee has finally announced Shastri’s name as coach, cricket fans and followers soon took to the Internet to express their opinion on the appointment.
All this was until shortly after, Amitabh Chaudhary, acting secretary of BCCI told in a press conference that the committee is yet to decide who the coach is and refuted rumours of Shastri being appointed.
No prizes for guessing, but the Internet took its first jibes after Shastri’s appointment at the rumoured behest of Virat Kohli, captain of the Indian cricket team. Given the camaraderie that Kohli shares with Shastri, many Internet users suggested that the appointment process could have been influenced by the skipper’s preferences, and some have even compared Kohli to Sonia Gandhi and Shastri to Manmohan Singh.
Of course, much to the creative inclination of many in Twitterverse, there was a slew of jokes and memes that followed. Here are some of them.
Look at the bright side. No more Ravi Shastri commentary :)
— Praful Shankar (@ShankarPraful) July 11, 2017
— Devendra Meel (@Devendra_Meel) July 11, 2017
Ravi shastri new ind coach till world cup 2019.
— ??ARUN SIDD?? (@adyararun01) July 11, 2017
— David Dawkins (@DavidGDawkins) July 11, 2017
Ravi Shastri appointed as Indian head coach till 2019
Now @imVkohli is sonia gandhi and Ravi Shastri is Manmohan Singh
— Kirti Agarwal (@KirtiAgr878) July 11, 2017
— Sunil (@akshaykanitkar) July 11, 2017
Exclusive picture of Indian cricket team’s new coach. pic.twitter.com/QvYGSXpRjU
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) July 11, 2017
Virat Kohli to Ravi Shastri come out, CAC has selected as Head coach till 2019 WC ! pic.twitter.com/eAKo5Doj7O
— Trojan_Horse (@SampathRedDevil) July 11, 2017
— Ameya Tilak (@ameyatilak) July 11, 2017
Just after Ravi Shastri is appointed as coach of our cricket team, he announced that beer & vodka shots wd be served during the drink breaks
— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) July 11, 2017