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Ravi Shastri Reappointed As Team India’s Head Coach Till 2021

Ravi Shastri will serve as Indian Men’s Cricket team head coach for yet another term as he was retained for the position on Friday. Shastri will hold on to the chair for a period of two years, concluding with the T20 World Cup, scheduled for 2021 in India. Notably, he has been serving the Indian cricket team briefly, first as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), followed by Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).

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The decision to reappoint Shastri as the head coach won a positive nod from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). The revelation was made in Mumbai on Friday in a press briefing comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy (CAC members).

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“Number three was Tom Moody, number two was Mike Hesson. Number one is Ravi Shastri as all of you were expecting… (But) It was a very close race,” said Kapil Dev at the press conference to announce the decision.

Apart from Shastri, Mike Hesson, Robin Singh, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput had also applied for the prestigious post. Ravi Shastri’s last tenure with team India ended after World Cup 2019.

History

Ravi Shastri was first handed the responsibility to coach the Indian cricket team back in 2017. The appointment was signed by the then CAC comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. During Shastri’s tenure, India claimed the number one spot in ICC Test rankings and performed admirably in the 2019 World Cup. India lost just one game in the qualifying stages of the WC and got knocked out in the semi-final against Newzealand.

The veterans had to perform well in 5 parameters to be considered for the head coach position. These included:

  1. Coaching Philosophy
  2. Experience of Coaching
  3. Achievements in Coaching
  4. Communication
  5. Knowledge of Modern Coaching Tools.

Shastri apparently outscored Hesson and Moody in ‘Communication’ and ‘Achievements in Coaching’

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Captain’s Call

Back when BCCI invited applications for the post of head coach, Virat Kohli expressed his opinion that he and the team would like to see Ravi Shastri continue.

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“The CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far.” Kohli added before his departure for India’s tour of West Indies.

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