|Shastri with Virat Kohli|
Ravi Shashtri has been reappointed as the New Head Coach of Team India by the CAC(Cricket Advisory Committee)led by Former Indian Captain Kapil Dev. He was the best choice available the other applicants were Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh, Mike Hesson and Phil Simmons. According to the press conference of CAC members the top 3 candidates for the spot were Ravi Shashtri followed by Mike Hesson and Tom Moody.
It was very clear from beginning that Ravi Shashtri who is teams and the captain’s favourite would be reappointed as the Head Coach. Although India Former Captain and Cricket legend Kapil Dev said that they did not have any conversation with the captain and the decision of reappointing Shashtri as Coach were their decision but it’s crystal clear that CAC took consideration of the captain though indirectly.
The repo between Shashtri and the captain might take team to new heights in the coming years. He was the best choice available. He knows the team and how it works. Ravi Shashtri plays a key role in the aggressive mindset which can be seen on field by Team India.
On July 2017 Shashtri was appointed as a Head Coach by CAC which comprised of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman back then it was clear that Virat wanted Ravi Shashtri and same goes for now. Under Ravi Shashtri India won the Asia Cup became No1 Test Team and No 1 ODI team but the Biggest Glory to Shashtri’s career as a coach is beating Australia in their own home which eventually became a history.
Along with success, comes failure under Shashtri ,Virat and Company lost an away Test Series in SA and Eng. His
records as a coach is phenomenal.
Format. Matches. Wins. Win%
Tests. 21. 11. 52.38
ODIs 60. 43. 71.67
T20s. 36. 25. 69.44
Ravi Shashtri have been extended till 2021.
The Team Management need to stick to the basics and make a core team for the upcoming WT20 and Test Championship.
Shashtri took a brave decision of dropping Ashwin and Jadega and bringing in the Kul-Cha Jodi. Now Shashtri need to take some more bold decision. There’s a lot in stake for the captain and the coach after the loss in ICCWorld Cup 2019.