Ravi Shastri reappointed head coach of Indian team

Head coach selection Ravi Shastri expected to have his way with his staff

Ravi Shastri re-appointed India head coach till November 2021

The CAC comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy made a decision to go for Shastri and it has not come as a surprise.

The other two members of the CAC included former India cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy.

Shastri pipped former India teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput along with former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson and Australian Tom Moody to the post.

Once Kohli openly backed Shastri's candidature at the pre-departure media conference before the West Indies tour, it was expected that the former India captain would be a favourite to retain the position.

On August 12, BCCI had shortlisted six candidates for the men's team's head coach including current Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri.

The 44-year-old, who hold s the distinction of being the longest serving coach of the Black Caps, has a vast coaching experience. "Ravi Shastri knows the boys, is very well-versed with the system and communicates well".

The other three candidates were Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, and Phil Simmons. Kapil Dev is India's 1983 World Cup-winning captain, who has also served as the coach from 1999-2000.

"Shastri understands the team as a coach".

"Yeah, we will definitely be very happy if he is continuing as a coach, but as I said it is upon the CAC to seek my advice or opinion if they want".

Shastri was appointed the coach of the team in mid-2017 after Anil Kumble stepped down from his position. One of the biggest highlights was guiding the team to its maiden Test series win on Australian soil and 5-1 ODI series win in South Africa a year ago. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons pulled out of the race, citing personal reasons.

The present Indian team is likely to win most of the home Tests as well as bilateral One-Day International and T20 International series.

Robin Singh, who represented India in just one Test and 136 ODI between 1989 and 2001 besides coaching Team Mumbai in the Indian Premier League (IPL) since joining the franchise in 2010, was the first to appear before the CAC for the interview at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarter in Mumbai.

Robin, his competitor and former fielding coach of the national team, also exuded confidence and said that his "interview went off well".

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