Ravi Shastri has retained his position of Team India's head coach. Shastri has now got a two-year extension i.e. till 2021. The former Indian cricketer was appointed as the head coach after Anil Kumble had stepped down from the role after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 where India faced a huge defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Shastri overcame tough challenges from competitors which include the likes of Tom Moody & Mike Hesson who finished third and second respectively, as per Kapil Dev, as well as Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons and Robin Singh. Simmons, who had coached the Afghanistan team had pulled out from the interview.
Before the ex- all-rounder became the head coach in 2017, he had served as the Team Director from 2014-2016. In those years, the Men In Blue were knocked crashed out in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and ICC World T20 2016 respectively.
An official statement has been sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) with complete details on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
Under Shastri, India have won over 70% of their matches. These victories include whitewashing Sri Lanka in their own backyard in Tests, ODI's and T20Is in the 2017/18 season, home series win against Australia and New Zealand, limited-overs bilateral series wins against South Africa, Asia Cup 2018, the historic Test series wins against Australia Down Under followed by bilateral ODI series wins against the Aussies and the Kiwis. Away Test series losses against South Africa and England, losing to Australia at home earlier this year and a semi-final exit in World Cup 2019 are something which was witnessed during his tenure.
The 57-year-old was always a frontrunner to retain his position of the Indian cricket team's head coach since he is not only the favourite of Kapil Dev but also has the backing of skipper Virat Kohli.
"Well, the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Kapil Dev) has not contacted me on this. But all of us share a great camaraderie with Ravi Bhai and would definitely be very happy (to have him around)," Kohli had said prior to his departure for the West Indies, making it clear where he stands on the issue.
In the next two years i.e. from the 2019-2021 cycle, Team India will be taking part in two ICC World T20 tournaments apart from the ICC World Test Championship which kicks off from the ongoing West Indies tour. Next year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) will also begin the One-Day Championship.