High profile coaches announced for Cricket Team India

High profile players to be part of Cricket Team India – Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan & Rahul Dravid back in thick of the game.

BCCI confirmed the Ravi Shastri as the new coach of the Indian cricket team. Zaheer Khan has also been named as the bowling coach. Rahul Dravid was handed over additional responsibility of a batting consultant on specific overseas tours.

Ravi Shastri won five-way battle to grab the post until 2019 Cricket World Cup. The decision was take by three three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, who interviewed several candidates for the high-profile job in Mumbai.

Ravi Shastri replaced Anil Kumble, who exited after a much publicised difference of opinion with captain Virat Kohli.

Making for a star-studded coaching team, former speedster Zaheer Khan, with strong recommendations from Sourav Ganguly, took over as the bowling coach while Rahul Dravid was handed over additional responsibility of a batting consultant on specific overseas tours.

“On Cricket Advisory Committee’s recommendation, we have decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the chief coach while Zaheer Khan will be appointed bowling coach for a period of two years till 2019,” BCCI acting president CK Khanna confirmed the development to PTI. “Rahul Dravid will also help the senior team as a batting consultant on overseas tours — specifically to countries like South Africa, England and Australia,” Khanna added.

Ravi Shastri, considered as the front-runner for the job, had expressed his desire to apply for the post, and he edged past the other five candidates, who were interviewed in the all-important meeting in Mumbai.

Since the sudden release of a statement by India’s cricketing board in late May, calling for fresh applicants for the post of India’s Head coach, BCCI headquarters had received a total of 10 applications which included – Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus, Tom Moody, Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons, Lance Klusener, Rakesh Sharma (Oman national team coach), and Upendranath Bramhachari (an engineer with no cricketing background).

It was only on late Sunday morning that it was revealed that CAC would interview just six candidates, namely, Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Phil Simmons, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput.

Ravi Shastri had previously served as the Team Director of the Men in Blue for a span of almost two years. Under his mentorship, India had managed to reach the semi-final stage of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20. Not only so, India had also attained No. 1 Test ranking, although for a mere eight weeks.

During his time with the national squad, the 55-year-old formed a healthy relationship not only with the skipper Virat Kohli but also with the rest of the members. But all was reduced to sheer disappointment when Anil Kumble was announced as the head coach, back in June 2016.

It will be third stint with the national team for 55- year-old Ravi Shastri, who was earlier a Cricket Manager during 2007 tour of Bangladesh and then Team Director from 2014 August to 2016 June during which India won Test overseas series versus Sri Lanka, reached the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup and World T20 semi-finals in 2016.

It was learnt that it was a fight between Ravi Shastri and Virender Sehwag but it was skipper Virat Kohli’s strong recommendation about Ravi Shastri’s earlier tenure that swung the deal in favour of BCCI’s ‘Man of All Seasons’.

Zaheer Khan, who last played international cricket in 2014, is considered to be one of finest exponents of swing bowling India has ever produced.


Source: Zee News