Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson, who was in a close race with Ravi Shastri for the position of head coach for the Indian cricket team, congratulated the latter after Shastri was confirmed his reappointment as head coach for the next 26 months by the Cricket Advisory Committee.
The Kapil Dev led CAC consisting of Shanta Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad named Ravi Shastri as the head coach after conducting interviews with Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, Lalchand Rajput and others who had applied for the post. Shastri will now remain as coach for the next 26 months.
The former Blackcaps coach took to Twitter to congratulate Shastri on being named as coach. Here's the tweet from Hesson:
Ravi Shastri gave a warm response to Hesson and asked him to keep the coach flag flying. Read Shastri's response here:
Ravi Shastri laid out his plans for the Men in Blue over the next two years and placed a large focus on the smooth transition of the team by the end of his tenure. Shastri said that the team was going to see a huge influx of youngsters in the coming days and that it was exciting and essential to nurture and groom them for the big leagues.
The head coach laid out special emphasis on making India the best fielding side in the world. He said that fielding was a very important part of the game and that the team was already an excellent fielding unit.
"Whosoever wants to play for Team India in the future, their fielding skills will also be taken seriously as Iwant to make India the best fielding side in the world", he said.