Mumbai : The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Friday announced that the current Team India head coach Ravi Shastri will continue in his post. After conducting interviews of six candidates CAC selected Ravi Shastri. Shastri has been reappointed for a two-year period.He will serve till 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
The CAC comprising of former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former batsman Anshuman Gaekwad and women's team captain Shantha Rangaswamy met at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) headquarters in Mumbai and the interviews were conducted throughout the day before reaching a conclusion.
Shastri was selected ahead of Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and Robin Singh. This will be Shastri's fourth stint with the national team, having served briefly as the Cricket Manager (2007 tour of Bangladesh), Team Director (2014-2016) and head coach (2017-2019).
The 57-year-old Shastri was first appointed the full-time coach by the then CAC of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, following the Champions Trophy in 2017. A reported rift between captain Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble led to the latter vacating his post and that allowed Shastri to come into the fray.
Shastri, however, has helped the team come together well and India are currently the No.1 side in Test cricket and second in ODIs. The former all-rounder's CV might not be as trophy-laden when it comes to big tournaments but his achievements are not bad either. During his two-year stint so far, India reached the semi-finals of the World Cup earlier this year, won the Asia Cup and also their maiden Test series victory Down Under last year.
India have won 13 out of 21 Tests, 43 out of 60 ODIs and 25 T20 Internationals out of 36 on his watch.