Ravi Shastri been elected as India Head Coach: The Cricket Advisory Committee have persisted with the current Head Coach.
“Being a current coach, knowing the boys and problems in the team, he [Ravi Shastri] is well-versed in the system. Somebody knows the system and knows the players very well, he has the advantage,” CAC member Anshuman Gaikwad was quoted as saying on being asked about the reappointment of Ravi Shastri as India’s Head Coach.
Shastri, who was appointed as India’s coach for the first time in July 2017, will enjoy an extension till the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 in India. While CAC-head Kapil Dev didn’t disclose much about what went in Shastri’s favour due to “confidentiality”, it is certain that Shastri’s record was one of the main reasons.
Why has Ravi Shastri been elected as India Head Coach?
During Shastri’s two-year tenure as the Indian coach, India have done exceptionally well across formats. In 21 Test matches under Shastri, India have won 11, lost seven and drawn three. While India did lose Test series in South Africa and England, they won a Test series for the first time in Australia.
In 63 ODIs under Shastri, India won on an impressive 45 occasions to go with only 15 losses. In 37 T20Is, India once again did well with 25 victories and 11 defeats.
While India are the No. 1 Test team at the moment, they are at No. 2 and No. 4 in ODIs and T20Is respectively. Given how well India have played across formats in the last two years is a testament to the success achieved in Shastri’s tenure.
During the press conference, Dev laid emphasis on picking the candidate primarily on the basis of his presentation and remaining unaffected by other factors. The legendary cricketer was also vocal about not asking India captain Virat Kohli for his opinion.
Once the applicants were marked on these parameters, Ravi Shastri won (and it was close, as per Kapil Dev) pic.twitter.com/xfOBu9nFkZ
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) August 16, 2019
It is believed that the candidates were evaluated on five categories – coaching philosophy, experience, achievements, communication and knowledge of modern coaching tools.