17th August, 2019
Ravi Shastri was again appointed as the head coach of the Indian team by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Friday. The CAC had a unanimous opinion that the current coach's 'communication skills and understanding of team issues' are superior to other candidates. Captain Virat Kohli openly supported Shastri's re-appointment as coach, which was believed to be a definite decision. Shastri has been appointed as the coach for two years and his term will last till 2021 T20 World Cup in India.
Shastri's fourth term
"We have unanimously decided to appoint Ravi Shastri as the (head) coach of the Indian cricket team as you expected," CAC chief Kapil Dev told reporters after a day-long interview. The three-member CAC also included former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad and former women captain Shanta Rangaswamy. This will be Shastri's fourth stint with the Indian team. He briefly became the coach during the 2007 tour of Bangladesh. He was then the team director from 2014 to 2016 and the head coach from 2017 to 2019.
Simmons withdrew from the race for a coach for personal reasons.
Shastri beat former New Zealand coach Mike Hewson, Australia's Tom Moody, Indian teammates Robin Singh and Lalchand Rajput in the race for the coach position. Former West Indies and Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons withdrew from the race for the coach position due to personal reasons. Robin, Rajput and Hessen arrived to give interviews, while Moody gave an interview on Skype from Australia.
Hasan was a close match
Kapil said, "Based on the number we gave after all the interviews, number three was Tom Moody and New Zealand's smart young boy Mike Hewson was at number two." It was a very close match. "It means that the Rajput and Robin Singh race had gone far behind. Candidates were primarily tested on five parameters, including coaching methodology, experience, achievements, communication, and knowledge of modern equipment. 20 marks were awarded for 'very good' while 15 marks were given for 'good'.
The average got ten and Poor got five.
Shastri should be better in communication skills
Kapil said, "We all gave marks and to be honest we did not discuss among ourselves who gave how many marks. When we added the numbers, it was a very close match. I will not tell you in detail how many marks there was a difference but it was a difference of very few marks. India's first World Cup-winning captain said Shastri's communication skills played a key role in his selection. Kapil said, "They were all excellent. On some occasions I felt that Shastri is better in communication skills, other members may have different opinions but we did not discuss it. We numbered everyone after listening to the presentation. The three of us learned a lot. Everyone worked hard for their performance. Kohli had endorsed Shastri's name for the coach's post before leaving for the West Indies tour, after which it was decided that the former Indian captain would continue in the post.
While his coach, the Indian team reached the number one position in the Test rankings and beat Australia on their soil for the first time in 71 years. Under his leadership, however, India could not win the ICC tournament and suffered disappointment in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. The Kapil Dev-led committee, however, did not find this a major reason. Gaikwad feels that Shastri has a very good understanding of the Indian team. This former opener said.
Shastri gave an interview via video call
After Kohli openly favored Shastri before going on the West Indies tour, it seemed certain that the former captain would continue. When Kapil was asked if the committee knew the opinion of the Indian captain, he said, "No, because if we had asked them, we would have asked the whole team. Kapil refused to comment on Shastri's presentation, who interviewed him via video call from Antiga. He was the last candidate to be interviewed. Kapil said, "It is confidential. He gave his presentation on the basis of what he achieved in the last two years and how he can take the Indian team forward. He asked for more time from the board to make this team stronger. "