The Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee retained Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian cricket team for a two-year term. The committee conducted the interviews at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters on Friday before handing the 57-year-old Indian his third stint.
Away with the team in the West Indies, Shastri gave the interview through a Skype call, giving a detailed presentation on the road map for the future. The CAC, which comprised of Kapil, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad interviewed five candidates throughout the day before selecting the former India captain for the job. The candidates included Robin Singh, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput, and Ravi Shastri.
While CAC had selected six candidates earlier, West Indies’ Phil Simmons chose to step out of the process courtesy of personal reasons.
In his second stint, Shastri guided the team to the semifinals of the World Cup in 2015 and 2019. As the head coach, Shastri also oversaw India win its maiden Test series win in Australia last year.
While New Zealand coach Hesson came up with impressive performances, top officials from the BCCI confirmed that the CAC chose Shastri due to his track record “Both Hesson and Moody came up with good presentations. They had a clear road map for the future,” an official said.
Here is how Twitter reacted after Ravi Shastri was announced as the Head Coach of Indian National Cricket Team:
— Dinesh gupta (@Dineshg02985097) August 16, 2019
— Pravin (@THEPRAVINRAUT) August 16, 2019
Just like Sonia Gandhi, after a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo🙄ooooo🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺oooong deliberation, the CAC has appointed #RaviShastri as the coach…let the PARTY begin!!#RaviShastri #TeamIndiaCoach pic.twitter.com/ipZM6XjVpq
— Yash Mittal 🇮🇳 (@im_yash2328) August 16, 2019
Great man manager.
Deserved one more Stint.
Waise now i feel Shastri and Kohli might retire together from their respective positions 😆😆
But ya if he had to be retained, bcci should not have done the drama of coach selection.#TeamIndiaCoach
— Mohan Murthy Yadav🇮🇳 (@mmurthy4) August 16, 2019
— Imran (@imranyh) August 16, 2019
— Karmalogy (@amitwriter) August 16, 2019