Ravi Shastri Clinches Post Of Head Coach For Indian Men’s Cricket Team

Ravi Shastri has emerged the winner despite intense competition from Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody. He is expected to remain the coach till the 2019 World Cup.

Mumbai: Amidst stiff competition, former captain Ravi Shastri has bagged the post of Head Coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. His tenure will last till the 2019 World Cup.

Shastri’s appointment was finalised by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday. As the coach, his first assignment will be a full-fledged tour to Sri Lanka, starting from July 26, with three tests, five ODIs and one-off T20 International.

The CAC, comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, had on Monday interviewed Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Shastri. Shastri’s name was finalised despite a stiff competition from Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody.

The CAC had last year picked up Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian men’s team for a one-year term. Before Kumble threw his hat in the ring, many had thought then that Shastri would be the choice.

As team director from 2014 to 2016, Shastri has shown good results, with India winning the ODI series against England, reaching the semi-finals of 2015 World Cup, winning the T20 series in Australia and clinching the Asia Cup.

Ravi Shastri steps in after Kumble quit when his one-year term became controversial, with differences cropping up between him and skipper Virat Kohli.

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