Ravi Shastri was on tuesday appointed coach of indian cricket team for first time. He had earlier served in the capacity of team director. The decision was taken late on Tuesday night after the cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had a conference call with captain Virat Kohli. Former fast bowler Zaheer Khan was appointed bowling coach while Rahul Dravid has been asked to work with the Indian team as a batting consultant but this will not be on a permanent basis. Dravid will join the team as and when required, mostly on overseas tours.
The announcement of coach wasn’t an easy decision for the CAC. It has been learnt that it was a tough fight between Shastri and Sahweg but it was skipper kohli’s strong recommendation about Shastri’s successful earlier tenure that swung the deal in the former’s favour.
“Sourav was brought around and convinced about Ravi after it was agreed that Zaheer would be made the bowling coach,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
On Zaheer’s appointment, BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Choudhury said, “Khan is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years.”
His exit was followed by a public spat with Ganguly, whom he accused of not being present during his interview. Ganguly in turn retorted by saying that had he been serious, Shastri should have not attended an interview while holidaying from Bangkok.
It was then that BCCI decided to invite fresh applications knowing that Kumble was living on borrowed time. During the initial phase, Shastri didn’t apply but when the deadline was extended, he jumped in.