Following intense melodrama over Anil Kumble’s strict disciplinarian approach, India team has got what it wanted, Ravi Shastri who has been associated with India cricket team either officially or unofficially till now.
Former India allrounder and captain Ravi Shastri served as team director from August 2014 to April 2016. His appointment came close on the heels of Anil Kumble’s resignation owing to captain Virat Kohli’s reported objections. Kohli denied reports of any rift with Kumble.
Shastri will serve as head coach for a two-year period until the end of the 2019 ICC World Cup and BCCI has sought inputs from Virat Kohli before making the appointment. Saurav Ganguly and VVS Laxman were present while Sachin Tendulkar joined via video conference from the UK.
Virender Sehwag was also one of the applicants. Shastri’s close association with the team when he was team director for an 18-month period paved teh way for his selection this Shastri played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs and led India in one Test.
Shastri was initially reluctant but applied for the post only when the last date was extended by the BCCI until July 9. Other applicants included former India opener Virender Sehwag, former Sri Lanka coach and current coach of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad Tom Moody, current Afghan team coach Lalchand Rajput and former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach and director of West Indies cricket Richard Pybus.